People today are told to avoid pain. The culture of comfort dominates the landscape. Even Christians often perceive if it hurts it’s not of God.
However, this section of Hebrews tells us the opposite. In fact, you could say, that if you are not experiencing pain you are not a child of God and conversely if you are willing to take the pain you will bear much fruit. Ask yourself: “Am I willing to take the pain of discipline”?
Jesus was perfected through His obedience on the earth, endured the ultimate level of pain as He took our sins upon Himself and of course bore the most fruit of anyone born of a woman.
As you read these verses again ask yourself “Am I willing to take the pain of discipline?” Or “Am I trying to avoid the pain?” Think about this: “the more pain you are willing to take the more fruitful you’ll be in your ministry; the more souls who will hear the Gospel; the more glory for the Lord”.
You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
Nor faint when you are reproved by Him;
For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines,
And He scourges every son whom He receives.”
It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.