Consider it Discipline

I watched the movie “Brian Banks”(2019) which is based on a true story. Brian was a gifted football player and recieved a full scholarship offer to play at USC. He was unjustly convicted of kidnapping and rape at the age of sixteen. He spent six years in jail and five on parole, but as a registered sex offender he was prevented from playing football or going anywhere near a park or school. A surprisingly high number of people are unjustly convicted of crimes though they are innocent. Like medical malpractice where people who suffer or die from neglegence, justice system malpractice has a similar consequence. This movie was not about ethnicity. It was about redemption, never quitting or giving up and having faith. It is rated 7.1 on IMDB and I would rate it higher. It is encouraging and made me think of Joseph’s unjust imprisonment in scripture.

Brian met a man while he was in prison who encouraged him to pursue a scriptural truth, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…”.(Proverbs 23:7 KJV) We can not control everything that happens, but we can think right thoughts and rise above injustice, hate, and unforgiveness, that poisons our future. We should not expect life to be free of hardship though injustice is truly hard to endure. Scripture says, “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?” (Hebrews 12:7). In the Bible much is said about God’s discipline, which is not to be despised; it is something that produces good results, and a necessary part of life. I think it’s interesting that scripture is open about what is considered discipline since it is specific to each individual and constitutes God’s consistent care for His children. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” (James 1:2-3)

This true story is a testament to what can happen when bad things happen to good people. The world would have us despair and become bitter victims, but the power of forgiveness and/or forgetfulness together with positive right thoughts can change our reality. With God all things are possible. In the midst of hardship it is often difficult to hope and believe, but trusting in God’s loving mercy and faithfulness is always right thinking, irrespective of our circumstances.

About Steve2525

Retired Journeyman
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