Powered by 4 - December 11, 2015

 

Discipline

Today's reading: 2 Kings 8:1-6

Elisha’s servant Gehazi is back in the picture. The last we saw of Gehazi was in 2 Kings 5:15-27 where Elisha struck him with leprosy because he acted upon his greed, acquiring money and possessions from Haaman untruthfully. As we reach 2 Kings 8, several years have passed (at least seven since the earlier event was prior to the seven year famine) and what we discover is that despite Gehazi’s punishment, he is still faithfully serving Elisha and doing it with a good attitude about Elisha and God.

No one enjoys being disciplined, but when it happens we have a choice to make. We can either respond positively—growing and learning from the painful experience by acknowledging our wrongdoing, accepting the resulting consequences, and then changing our behavior going forward. Or we can respond negatively—making no changes but instead getting angry, refusing to take responsibility, and harboring a bad attitude and an unchanged heart.

How have you responded when you’ve experienced God’s discipline? Why is discipline so important? What are some of its benefits? Tami

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