Favored Son or Spoiled Brat?

I recently got in a small argument with a friend about favored sons and spoiled brats. He said they’re the same; I said they’re different.

God does not show favoritism, but He does show favor, and I, for one, want to live in that favor. But if I live in God’s favor, how do I know I’m not just a spoiled brat? Simple:

“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.” Proverbs 3:11-12 ESV


“It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.” Hebrews 12:7-8 ESV

If you want to walk in your sonship, expect discipline, but know that it’s a validation of your identity and that it’s what allows you to receive favor without becoming a spoiled brat.

Live in His favor.

(Obviously, this is also true for daughters and daughterhood, but it’s easier to clarify at the end instead of using clumsy wording throughout.)

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