God’s disciplines his children to move them toward wholeness.
Questions for group discussion or personal reflection:
1. At what point do you consider spring to have arrived?
2. As you look back on life share about a time you are now grateful that someone stepped in and gave you some correction?
3. Do you default to discipline as punishment or discipline as training? What is the difference between these two mindsets?
4. Read v. 5-6 again, are you more likely to respond to discipline by taking it too lightly or by letting it crush your spirits?
5. What kinds of virtues can uniquely be cultivated during the harder times in life?
6. Why do you think pain is so often a part of our training and learning processes in life?
7. The writer implies that if you really love a child then you will discipline them. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
8. If a friend saw you legitimately heading down a dangerous path, how should they approach you if they want to lovingly correct you?
9. God is motivated by goodness, holiness, righteousness, and peace when he disciplines us. What are some other motives we have to watch out for when we discipline?
10. Does knowing God’s motivation make you more receptive to what He has to say? Why or why not?
11. What lessons from parenting discipline can you apply to letting God discipline you?