All three applications must be made.
a. The sinner, treats the Father’s discipline as though it is a light thing. Either that God does not discipline, or, that He does not take unrepentant sin in our lives very seriously. It is easy then too – if we DO live in the reality of His loving discipline, to grow weary of of it, as though we can do NOTHING right and want to just get away from every manifestation of it. Such need to be reminded this is love, and the product of His delight in us. To pay us the supreme compliment, that the Lord of the universe pays attention to the details of our lives.
b. Leadership can treat it lightly and thus neglect it. Or, being confronted with many needs to administer it in certain seasons, grow exceedingly weary in the process. But we are to be agents of God’s love – NOT His wrath. We must keep this focus and not let it cross over into something heavy and odious. We too must remember how the Father is delighting in sons and daughters, and that we are there to manifest His love, care and concern in His active involvement in their lives.
c. So too a congregation can begin to wonder if Church discipline is really all that necessary. After all, it is painful, uncomfortable. We naturally dislike it. As a people we can grow weary and just say – “lets’ let God handle it alone – why get ourselves all upset at people’s sins?” Then again, we must take up the banner of love and be sure we do not neglect to love in the hard places. To do what is uncomfortable, when it is best for the ones we are loving in Christ’s name.