Results Reveal Value
We were entirely ready to have God remove these defects of character.
Some phases of our recovery may be very painful; it may feel to us like we're being punished. We may assume that the bad things happening are because we are bad. And we may begin to believe that God doesn't love us.
It may hurt when God removes these defects, but this in itself is a display of love. The Bible says, "Don't give up when he corrects you. For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child. As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? . . . God's discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening-it's painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living" (Hebrews 12:5-7, 10-11).
Our recovery is a time of discipline; it's a time of facing problems and character flaws, and changing incorrect beliefs. There may be seasons when we do have to pay for our past. God will use this time to redirect our lives toward a better life. His correction isn't arbitrary or abusive, but it's still painful. Knowing that God's discipline demonstrates his love for us can be comforting in the midst of the pain. It helps to remember that his love will only allow that which is for our ultimate good.
When God corrects us, he proves his loving concern for us.