Hebrews 12:6: 6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
Dear Warrior Poet,
There are times when pain, adversity and difficulty feel like punishment from the hand of God. The truth is its discipline. Sometimes and often I suspect God is allowing these to discipline us which is an aspect of his love. No child likes discipline but every loving parent is willing to be hard and stern even though the Child will recoil in anger, dismay, frustration or disgust. The parent is willing to be the ‘bad cop’ because he/she knows it’s what is best for the child. Our Father is the same and our adversity, pain, difficulty he allows or causes that we might know He loves us even though we may not feel like it. He loves us enough to discipline us.