Workplace Discipline The book of Proverbs 3:11-12 says "My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth." Chastening and correction are two separate things. We can easily get them confused. Chastening is for the purpose of causing one to have an experience that will be distasteful. This distasteful experience is usually the consequences of an action that was less than Godly. Chastening that is not followed by correction is similar to abuse, for the purpose of the chastening has to be made evident to the individual(s) being chastened. Imagine being pulled over by a law enforcement officer, and receiving a traffic ticket for $500 without being told what the citation was for, yet you have an inexcusable, inescapable obligation to pay the fine. Chances are that you will fight the consequences, due to you feeling not responsible for the fine, due to an unrevealed offense. You are being chastened without revelation. This makes the receipt of the chastening hard to endure, and also accept. When correction is applied, (revelation of the offense, and instruction on how to avoid further offences) and accepted, the chastening is understandable. This does not make it pleasurable, for if it were, it would not be considered chastening. It does make us aware of the consequences of our actions, and hopefully places us in a mental position to be in proper alignment with God! All things of God applied to the lives of men (mankind both male and female) lead to the proper ordained alignment with God Himself. Therefore chastisement, and correction are friends of your unmanifested greatness! Embrace them as agents of God sent into your life to bring out the true you that shall influence a generation. Do not rebel against the agent that God uses to bring about this change in your life. Recognize them in their vital assignment in your life; be careful to not fight against the agents of the Lord. Honor those who bring them into existence by the order of God. It is important to know that as a Christian you cannot get away with the things you see your co-workers get away with. As Chapter 2 states, you are the standard. It may seem as if there is favoritism afoot when others are praised, and you are criticized. You are correct, it is favoritism. It is one of several forms in which God’s favor upon you is manifested. This is not the most desirable manifestation. Do not allow yourself to misunderstand the favor of God to the point where you rebel against your employer, because God will not allow you to behave like everyone else. Once I truly accepted this reality, I was at peace, and stopped comparing how I was treated in contrast to how others were treated in my agency. I realized that if I had a problem, my problem was not with the agency, it was with God. God deals with those whom are His! You should count it a privilege to have God holding you accountable, and not allowing you to be conformed to the ways of the world. Please know that God is not punishing you. Punishment is being condemned to hell, and correction is to prevent punishment. When we accept correction, we accept responsibility. The word correction has been misunderstood and therefore the application/acceptance of it has not taken effect as it should. The prefix “co” means along with, or together. The root word “rect” means a place of authority, or rulership. When God corrects, he is inviting you to co-rule with Him. He gives us the proper mentality to exercise His authority through His patterns and principles. When we feel restrained we feel rebellious. We fail to realize, there is no greater freedom than Gods restraint!