Why will God let people suffer hardship to achieve discipline? When I recall the hardships in my life – my spouse’s infidelity, my child’s rebellion, my stresses at work, and my friend’s betrayal- they also reminded me of the pain, humiliation, frustration, anger and desire for revenge that I felt in my heart.
After reconciling with God, I went back to my daily prayers. I gave up lunch as penance and attended daily mass. When the tears came down, I offered my pain at the foot of the cross. When I felt depressed, I prayed my Novenas to the Blessed Mother. When I was overcome by hatred, I meditated on the sorrowful mysteries and imagined how Jesus must have felt being rejected, abandoned, and nailed to the cross; yet he asked forgiveness on our behalf.
It took years before I realized that God was training me through my hardships so I could see my mistakes and improve myself. Through discipline, I can prepare myself mentally and morally for combat and shield myself from the works of evil… And I am hopeful that through God’s discipline, I can share in His holiness and attain peace.