"The discipline of Jehovah, O my son, do not reject; and do not abhor His reproof, because the one whom Jehovah loves He reproves, even as a father does a son in whom he finds pleasure." (Prov 3:11,12).
"You have forgotten the text of Scripture
which addresses you as sons and appeals to you in these words: 'My son, do not
think lightly of the Lord's discipline, nor lose heart when He corrects you;
for the Lord disciplines those whom He loves;
He lays the rod on every son whom He acknowledges.'
You must endure it as discipline: God is treating you as sons.
Can anyone be a son, who is not disciplined by his father? If you escape the
discipline in which all sons share, you must be bastards and no true sons.
Again, we paid due respect to the earthly fathers who disciplined us; should we
not submit even more readily to our spiritual Father, and so attain life? They
disciplined us for this short life according to their lights; but He does so for our true welfare, so that we may share
His holiness. Discipline, no doubt, is never pleasant; at the time
it seems painful, but in the end it yields for those who have been trained by it
the peaceful harvest of an honest life"
"All those for whom I have affection I reprove and discipline. Therefore be zealous and repent." (Rev 3:19).
"But if we examined ourselves, we should not thus fall under Judgement. When, however, we do fall under the Lord's Judgement, He is disciplining us, to save us from being condemned with the rest of the world." (1 Cor 11:31,32 NEB).
"All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work." (2 Tim 3:16,17).
Wisdom proclaims: "'If only you
would respond to my reproof, I would give you counsel and teach you my precepts.
But because you refused to listen when I called...
because you spurned all my advice and would have nothing to do with my reproof,
I in my turn will laugh at your doom and deride you when terror comes upon
you... When they call upon me, I will not answer them; when they search for me,
they shall not find me. Because they hate knowledge
and have not chosen to fear the Lord, because they have not
accepted my counsel and have spurned all my reproof, they shall eat the fruits
of their behaviour... (glutted with their own counsels)
for the simpleton
turns a deaf ear and comes to grief, and the stupid are ruined by their own
complacency. But whoever listens to me shall live
without a care, undisturbed by fear of misfortune.'" (From Prov 1:20
God "has compassion on those who accept discipline and are eager to obey His decrees." (Eccus 18:14 NEB).
"For the grace of God has dawned upon the world with healing for all mankind; and by it we are disciplined to renounce Godless ways and worldly desires, and to live a life of temperance, honesty, and Godliness in the present age, looking forward to the happy fulfilment of our hope when the splendour of the great God and our Saviour Christ Jesus will appear." (Titus 2:11-13 NEB).
"For the commandment is a lamp, and a light the Law is, and the reproofs of discipline are a way of life". (Prov 6:23).
"The man who fears the Lord will accept His discipline, and the diligent will receive His approval." (Eccus 32:14 NEB).
"Happy is the man whom God reproves; And the discipline of the Almighty do not you reject!" (Job 5:17).
"A lover of discipline (1) is a lover of knowledge, but a hater of reproof (2) is unreasoning." (Prov 12:1).
"Anyone shunning discipline is rejecting his own soul, but the one listening to reproof is acquiring heart." (Prov 15:32).
"And upon (The Christ
Michael) the Spirit of Jehovah must settle
down, the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of
mightiness, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of Jehovah; and there will
be enjoyment by him in the fear of Jehovah. And he will not judge by any mere
appearance to his eyes, nor reprove simply according to the thing heard by his
ears. And with righteousness he must judge the
lowly ones, and with uprightness he must give reproof in behalf of the meek ones
of the earth. And he must strike the earth with the rod of his
mouth and with the Spirit of his lips he will put the wicked one to death."