This is Part 3 of 4 parts answering the question, “Would love itself ever be a reason that God would allow suffering?” in the larger question, “Why does a loving God allow suffering?” Part 4 will be posted tomorrow.
Gods Purpose in His Loving Discipline
God is always purposeful in everything He does. He will discipline as is necessary. For example, when we examine ourselves sufficiently we will not be disciplined by the Lord as Paul wrote, “For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.” (1 Cor. 11:31 NKJ) God does not want His children to be judged along with the world, “But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.” (1 Cor. 11:32 NKJ)
Jeremiah made it clear that God does not desire to discipline His children for punishment,
31 For the Lord will not cast off forever. 32 Though He causes grief, Yet He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies. 33 For He does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men. (Lam. 3:31-33 NKJ)
The holiness of the believer is more important to God than that His children have “good feelings.” Consequently, the Lord is very concerned with His children submit to His sovereignty. “Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?” (Heb .12:9 NKJ) As He desires to correct for holiness, He works His Divine work for the sake of holiness, “For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.” (Heb. 12:10 NKJ) He also works so that believers may share in the peaceable fruit of righteousness, “Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” (Heb. 12:11 NKJ)
Part 4 will be posted tomorrow.