The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly.
Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being. (NIV)
Earning a Spanking
Growing up, I was not always the most well-behaved child.
My parents would tell me to do something or not to do something, and I every so often I would ignore their commands.
What was the result?
Most times, I would be laid over a knee and spanked two or three times.
I eventually learned that there are consequences to my actions, and sometimes those consequences hurt.
Western culture may frown on such things today, but the Bible tells us of the benefits of a good spanking (or other such discipline).
As a whole, we tend to ignore God on a relatively consistent basis.
This could be by not doing something we know we should, doing something we know we should not, or doing or not doing something that we understand from common sense needs to be done or not.
And God reprimands us.
4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” (Proverbs 3:11-12)
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.
Hebrews 12:4-8, NIV
Do not look at hardship, beatings, and pain as necessarily bad. They could be God’s spankings that are the means of growth and understanding.
Heavenly Father, purge us of all evil and give us the wisdom to understand that it is happening. Help us grow in Your righteousness.