God’s punishment does not change his love for us
I’ll rub their faces in the dirt of their rebellion and make them face the music.
But I’ll never throw them out, never abandon or disown them. Psalms 89:32-33
God disciplines those He loves
Good friend, don’t forget all I’ve taught you; take to heart my commands.
They’ll help you live a long, long time, a long life lived full and well. Proverbs 3:1-2
Punishment should lead to repentance
I know I distressed you greatly with my letter. Although I felt awful at the time,
I don’t feel at all bad now that I see how it turned out. The letter upset you, but only for a while. Now I’m glad–not that you were upset, but that you were jarred into turning things around. You let the distress bring you to God, not drive you from him. The result was all gain, no loss. 2 Corinthians 7:8-9
Sometimes God punishes us to bring us back to himself
Don’t feel sorry for yourselves. Or have you forgotten how good parents treat children, and that God regards you as his children? My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline but don’t be crushed by it either. It’s the child he loves that he disciplines; the child he embraces, he also corrects. God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training, the normal experience of children. Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. Would you prefer an irresponsible God? We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embraceGod’s training so we can truly live? While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them. But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best. At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God. Hebrews 12:5-11