More often than not, delayed gratification is viewed as a four-letter word that means permanent denial of happiness. That’s not a healthy definition or an accurate definition as delayed gratification is actually a temporary experience. If it lasts forever, then it’s not delayed gratification. That being said, it’s not hard to see why delayed gratification or healthy discipline gets a bad rap.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
There are multiple applications for this verse: financial discipline, sexual discipline, athletic discipline, educational discipline, and etc. If we want to be successful in any area of our lives, it will require some level of discipline. There’s no way around it.
Fortunately, it becomes easier to live out Hebrews 12:11 if we don’t put all of our focus on the first sentence of the verse. We get so caught up in the pain of discipline that we overlook the harvest of righteousness and peace. Simply correcting that shortsightedness will change our lives forever.
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