Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
As we close out this month's theme I think Hebrews is appropriate. Bearing fruit does not come without discipline. Agriculture teaches us that plants that bear fruit are pruned, trained to grow a certain way, and propped up so they don't lean when they're young. That is us. As God disciples and disciplines us it is not pleasant as we go through it. Trials and tribulations are painful. But we all know the saying, "No pain..."
Here the author of Hebrews shares an enduring truth. Discipline yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. In every trial, in every bought of drama, God gives us a new level of peace. After every pruning we go to a new level of righteousness. Discipline (Discipleship) is a training ground and the purpose and result is that we are fruitful.
I pray that everyone who engaged with this series was blessed by it. I surely was. And I pray we all are fruitful as a result.
Lord we thank you for discipline and discipleship. We praise you for giving us the yield of peace and righteousness. Lord abide in us as we abide in You. Show the world our fruit born out for your glory. Give us bounty that praises you. May the fruit we bear be a tree of life for those in need. This we pray in Jesus name.
Questions for Meditation
What stood out to you during this series?
Are you more empowered now to be fruitful than you were when the month started?
Who can you share this with?
Who will benefit from these meditations and messages?
Now pray in your own words that God will help you to help others be fruitful.