Crooked teeth need straightening. Orthodontist use devices known as braces to straighten and position teeth according to a person's bite. Molds and impressions are made to create the proper appliance to produce the desired outcome, a perfect set of teeth. There are no one size fits all braces. Each is customized for a specific patient. Braces are adjusted periodically to shift teeth into the correct alignment. The entire process causes discomfort which is to be expected. Where there is not pain, there is no gain.
Crooked lives need staightening. God corrects or disciplines His children to becomes as much like Him as possible. The desired outcome is holiness allowing us to live eternally with Him. We must submit to His work in us and on us. Do not compare your correction to how He corrects others. The uncomfortable tightening and chipping away was designed just for you. Discipline is an extension of love and not a punishment. Yes it hurts, but pain comes with the territory when moving crooked live toward holiness. A perfect God applying perfect correction produces eternal perfection. Brace yourself, there is gain in pain.
Inspired by Past Chuck Swindoll