Q. I know that Jesus’ death on the cross paid the price for all of my past, present, and future sins. And I know that nothing I have done or ever can do could help me earn my salvation. It’s already been done by Jesus. My question though is this: Does God get angry or upset with us believers for things we do or times of doubt? I know all I need is to repent/ask forgiveness but I still wonder if we do things that make him mad and want to discipline us the way a loving dad would their own son?
A. In Colossians 1:19-20 Paul said that God has made peace with us through the blood of Jesus shed on the cross. I take that to mean He no longer gets angry with those who have accepted His Son’s death as payment for their sins.
But Hebrews 12:7-11 says we should endure hardship as a discipline. It says God disciplines us for our good so we may share in His holiness, and while it may seem painful at the time it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who are trained by it.
As you can see from this passage God’s discipline is compared to training. It can be uncomfortable but it’s never applied in anger.