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5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;


When you are rebuked by Him;

“Rebuked” carries the idea of severe discipline from God. The rebuke takes place in one’s conscience. We do not disregard the value of rebuke but embrace it. We confess our fault and deal with it.


God’s discipline of the believer is not always from sin.


The pain that the believer faces is not always due to sin. Christ suffered pain, but He endured it in a manner that honors God. Our Lord did not suffer because of sin; therefore, God allows Christians to suffer because of non-sinful causes. The purpose is the development of character and maturity of the believer. God has a purpose in any suffering we might face.