How To Help Those Arround Us - Hebrew 12:8, 11

we can use our growing strength to help those around us who are weak and struggling

But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Hebrew 12:8 (KJV). Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are. Hebrew 12:8, 11.

What a radical statement!

If God isn't correcting us, it's because we aren't His true children. All of God's correction toward His children isn't punitive but corrective. And there is a right and wrong method of correction.

Those who say God is using sickness and heartache to correct us would be like saying a parent uses those things to correct their children. No civilized nation on the earth would allow a parent to put cancer on their child to try and teach them something.

God's uses one method of correction to chasten us – His Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17). When God corrects you, see it as proof of his love, and ask him what he is trying to teach you.

We may respond to discipline in several ways:

  1. We can accept it with resignation;
  2. We can accept it with self-pity, thinking we really don't deserve it;
  3. We can be angry and resentful toward God; or ...
  4. We can accept it gratefully, as the appropriate response we owe a loving Father.

Hebrew 12:12-13 God is not only a disciplining parent but also a demanding coach who pushes us to our limits and requires our lives to be disciplined. Although we may not feel strong enough to push on to victory, we will be able to accomplish it as we follow Christ and draw on his strength.

Then we can use our growing strength to help those around us who are weak and struggling.

"We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves”. Romans 15:1 (KJV)