Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
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?
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.
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.
Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
According to the Collins Dictionary the word 'chasten' means - correct by punishment, while the word 'scourge' means - a person causing severe punishment.
Now, why would a loving God inflict severe punishment on those he loves? Why would He allow Satan to inflict such severe punishment on his servant Job, a perfect and an upright man, one that feared God, and eschewed evil (Job 1:8), or His servant David, who was severely tested (Psalm 6:1-10), and the apostle Peter, who was severly tested and sifted as wheat by Satan (Luke 22:31)?
Rather than speaking from personal experience, we believe that the most effective way to be taught and to come to the understanding of 'The Chastening of the Lord' is by the Word of God itself, as the Word is God (John 1:1).
We have therefore compiled the following references for your perusal, and as always welcome any questions you may have.
CHASTENING - AFFLICTIONS - SICKNESS AND HEALING - RELYING ON DOCTORS AND MEDICINE – MADE PERFECT THROUGH SUFFERING
Job 5:17-19; 6:1-10; 23:10; 33:19
Psalms 6:1-10; 17:3; 30:1-12; 38:1-21; 94:12-14; 102:1-28; 116:1-19; 118:18; 119:7,67,71
1 Cor. 11:32
2 Cor. 6:9
1 Peter 1:7
Psalms 34:19; 132:1
Acts 7:10; 20:23
2 Cor. 6:4
1 Thess 3:3
SICKNESS AND HEALING
1 Peter 2:24
RELYING ON DOCTORS AND MEDICINE
2 Chr. 16:12,13
Psalms 34:19; 108:12
MADE PERFECT THROUGH SUFFERING
Job 5:18; 23:10
Psalms 50:5; 119:67,71
Hosea 5:15; 6:1
2 Cor. 4:17
Hebrews 2:10; 5:7-9; 12:10,11
1 Peter 4:1,12; 5:1,9,10
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