This Book Does Not Promote Passivity
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
But he who hates reproof is stupid.
It’s so easy to spiritualize the cutting words of Solomon, sucking the passion from the words. “Loves” becomes “tolerates.” It says to love discipline. Our society has so cheapened the word “love” that we can easily assign one of the lesser states of love to discipline. I love discipline like I love buttered toast. Really, I can take it or leave it.
No. No, Scripture isn’t saying to tolerate discipline as an ugly necessity of sanctification. It says to love it in the way that a drowning man loves a life preserver. To love it in the way that a wounded soldier loves the medic who risks his own life to save him. You seek what you love. The wounded cry “medic” with all their dwindling strength. The drowning will cling to anything that provides buoyancy. They are not passive men, but are driven to action by their realization of extreme need. God make us Christians who see our need for discipline and instruction, and are stirred by our desperate need to seek it with all our strength.