WORD WORKS: THE PEACEABLE FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Renner Ministries teaching
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but
grievous; nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of
righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
If you are going to be mightly used by God, your flesh must
be disciplined so it can become an instrument through which the Holy Spirit can flow. You have to pay the price of
crucifying the flesh in order to have the resurrection power
of Jesus Christ expressed through your life.
CHASTENING” GREEK, paideia = instruction for the
education or instruction of a child. This also includes adults.
In Luke 23:16 & 22 the verb form of the word paideia is
translated as the word “chastise” and refers to Jesus being
whipped or scourged as punishment.
Hebrew 12:11 refers to disciplinary attitudes and action
that lead to one’s betterment in life or to ones education.
So when this verse speaks of “chastening” in
Hebrews 12:11, it refers to disciplinary attitudes and
actions that lead to one’e betterment in life or to one’s
education. The word “grievous” is the word lupe, the Greek word
for pain, distress, trouble, grief, or sorrow.
Although the discipline itself is good for us and
provides us with the means to change, the flesh hates it
when discipline is forced on it!
Hebrew 12:11 says that this discipline will yield “…the
peaceable fruits of righteousness unto them which are
exercised thereby.” The word “exercised” is the Greek
word gumnadzo. This word depicts radical discipline! It
was the word the ancient Greeks used to portray the
athletes who exercised, trained, and prepared for
competition in the often barbaric athletic games of the
ancient world. It is where we get the word gymnasium.
In order to have progress, you will be required to do
more than you’ve been doing. You will have to say no to your flesh, denying it’s appetites and disciplining yourself
to do what God says, even if your flesh doesn’t want to do
it. Let Holy Spirit exercise His discipline in your life.