Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.
The primary New Testament Greek word for “training” or “instruction” is paideia. It is based on the verb paideuo which is based on a primitive Greek word pais—“a child, boy, or servant.” Therefore, as its base meaning, paideia means child-training. Because Christians needed training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16), paideia entered the New Testament epistles to refer to the way God trains and disciplines us as His children (Hebrews 12:5).
Every parent knows that children come into the world with a will of their own. The parent’s job is to train children in the way they should go so when they are older they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). Sometimes that training is uncomfortable, even painful. When we are born again by the Spirit through faith in Christ, a similar task begins: God trains the Christian toward the goal of being conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). And yes, sometimes training can be uncomfortable, even painful. But there is always a reason and a goal.
Allow God to use life’s pain to create deeper faith and greater maturity. God uses everything in your life for your good and His glory—even hard things (Romans 8:28).
Dr. David Jeremiah
Discipline is a privilege because it is an evidence of our sonship.