6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11 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 exercised thereby.
This passage of scripture helps to understand the age old question of “why do bad things happen to good people”.
I assume that all the readers of this blog want to live in the presence of Heavenly Father some day. Verse six explains that everyone who The Lord recieves into His kingdom will be chasteneth and scourage. But why must that be? “If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons”, meaning that he is preparing us to be worthy of His eternal presence.
This passage of Christian scripture compares the chastening of earthly fathers to our Heavenly Father which is for our profit “that we might be partakers of his holiness”.
These words (commentary) as feeble as they are may not make the suffering we go through any easier but hopefull they will help put the suffering in persective.
“My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.”
In the end “afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby”. Let us not question the Lord in His infinate wisdom but rather ask the Lord for help in getting exercised.
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