8 Clear Signs that God is Punishing You. Why?

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Why is God Punishing You?

Does God really punish His people? Well, the answer is “yes”, but the correct term for it is “discipline”. God disciplines those He considers His children just like our biological parents would punish us every time we did something wrong.

Hebrews 12:6-7 tells us, “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.’ 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 God punishes you, it is not because He hates you. Instead, He only wants to correct your mistakes and help you improve your character. Remember, you are a child of a holy King.

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Signs that God is Punishing You

So, how would you know if God is punishing you? You can check out the following signs.

1. Your wrongdoings are exposed.

God is love, but He is also just. Therefore, even if He loves you, He will not tolerate your sins. One of the ways through which He will discipline you is by exposing your mistake. It may cost you your relationship with other people or other things valuable to you, but justice needs to be served.

Have you ever tried to hide a mistake, but you still got busted in the end? Instead of blaming God for the chaos, you need to accept your fault humbly. It may be painful but thank the Lord because He did not let you be a prisoner of a horrible past. At least, the truth sets you free from the guilt.

2. You suffer from the consequence of what you did.

Another sign that God is disciplining you is you get to pay the price of your actions. Again, I repeat, God is just. He may be merciful and compassionate, but He makes sure that justice will be served. For this reason, even if you repent from what you did, still, you cannot escape the consequences of your mistakes.

Do not feel bad if God lets you suffer for your sins, even if you have already asked for forgiveness. It is not that God is cruel. However, He is a God of order, and He does not tolerate sins. Look at David, for instance. He was “the man after God’s own heart”, but when he committed adultery and murder, God punished him for them. Yet, God did not unlove David.

3. You are haunted by guilt.

Do you feel tortured by guilt over a mistake you did? Guilt is one of the most uncomfortable feelings that you could experience. It can make you feel worthless and ashamed. Furthermore, too much guilt would make you realize that it is better to be the recipient of pain than its cause.

Guilt is one way of God’s punishment. You may not feel its physical presence, but it can be worse since it is gnawing inside you. It will stay until you have paid for your mistake and you have been forgiven by those you hurt. It may seem harsh, but that is justice’s price.

4. What you did backfire at you.

Another sign of God’s punishment is when the bad you did to harm others got back to you. Instead of successfully harming the one you hate, your plan hurt you in the process. Have you ever experienced something like this?

Yes, God loves you, but He loves other people too. He does not play favorites. He does not take sides and will avenge those who others have wronged. That is why the Lord is never pleased when you try to harm others. He will let you pay for it.

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5. You go back to zero.

One of the worst punishments is having to step down from your current success level. It applies to any area—career, relationship, ministry, or influence. One mistake can cause you everything, so you have to be mindful. For instance, if you cheat on your partner, you lose their trust and might even lose the relationship. Or, at work, if you are caught involved in illegal transactions, you will surely lose your job.

Of course, this is part of sin’s consequence, and God will have to let you go through it. However, if you repent entirely of what you did, God will help you get back up again. It may take a long time, but if you choose to do what is right this time, you can recover from your loss.

6. You are being humbled.

God’s discipline is meant to humble and transform you. Many sins are brought by pride, and the Lord does not want His children to be overcome by it. Therefore, do not be surprised if He punishes you whenever you struggle with pride. He just wants to humble you.

For example, you could be so proud of your intelligence that you belittle others’ capability. God does not like this at all. As the Scripture says in Philippians 2:3, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,” As a result, God may allow you to experience failure in front of those people you look down on.

7. The discipline causes you repentance.

Did a negative experience cause you to regret your wrong actions and recommit yourself to God? If yes, it is a sign that you have been punished for discipline. God wanted you to reflect on your wrongdoings, so He let you pass through trials that would make you admit your mistakes.

Remember, whenever God punishes you, it is to correct your wrong beliefs and actions. The ultimate goal is to discipline you. For this reason, He is happy whenever He sees you learning from your mistakes. He only wants you to be wiser and more mature.

8. It leads you to change.

Of course, repentance without effect is useless. The only way to see if the discipline works are through the person’s transformation. If after committing a mistake you suffer from it, but you, later on, change for the better, it means you went through a process of God’s discipline.

If this is your case, be thankful to the Lord for what you went through. Do not see the process as a punishment but simply as a disciplinary action to make you better. Of course, you should do your best never to go back to your old self anymore. Stick to the lessons you have learned from your past failures.

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How to Respond to God’s Discipline

God punishes you because He does not tolerate any sin, and He wants you to be a better person. It is all about discipline. But, of course, no discipline is easy and comfortable. For this reason, expect that when God disciplines you, there is pain with it.

However, instead of hating God for the discomfort that comes with your ‘punishment’, you better repent and ask forgiveness for your mistakes. Humble yourself before the Lord and allow Him to transform your character. If you do not give up, you will be thankful for its result in your life someday.

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Joan is a freelance blogger who loves writing about personal development. She also loves learning and teaching languages. A Communication Arts graduate, she now pursues a masters degree in Language Teaching. She is into mobile photography, writing poems, and reading for leisure.
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George
George
April 17, 2022 2:41 pm

Well I wish before creating us in this horrible world, He’d He’d ask for a consensual signature first, if that were so, I’d choose to be an angel instead.

Aaronwolf
Aaronwolf
April 9, 2022 12:50 pm

wow,looks like god is very cruel to me now……..

Aaronwolf
Aaronwolf
April 9, 2022 12:49 pm

why did jesus die?

joe
joe
March 2, 2022 12:55 pm

if i shouldn’t sin then why did Jesus die on the cross for them?

Aaronwolf
Aaronwolf
Reply to  joe
April 9, 2022 12:52 pm

I think that is because other people suffer the
punishment of god,but if you did not sin,it is not your fault.

Wilburn E King
Wilburn E King
February 13, 2022 9:54 pm

Each passing day, as I get punished by God, I am reminded that ex-girlfriend who have hurt me more than I could bear (which I ended up in therapy) getting away with the wrongdoings that she has done to me. I have thoughts about this more than once, How is it fair that I get punished, not her? Then I realize that I must be under some scrutinizing plans of God. Every day I have been dealing with debilitating hurts, anger, bitterness, and resentment. I have lost my faith, hope, love, and charity as the results of everything around and in my life. It made me feel that I am nothing but a punching bag for 35 years. Punishment called discipline, which I don’t think so. This so called discipline caused me to lose trust in God. How can I trust God if he continues to “discipline” me. I cannot do a small mistake without discipline, and denial of my blessings of healing, deliverance, and anything else good including my dreams.
This is punishment, not discipline. Further one cannot learn if God continues to “discipline” them.

Tina
Tina
Reply to  Wilburn E King
February 18, 2022 8:12 am

So sorry and I agree. You are not being punished. Evil walks among us and can destroy us. Nothing inspiring at all abt this at all. Keep going my friend.

Let
Let
Reply to  Wilburn E King
March 14, 2022 10:36 am

go to God and repent your sins. Don’t worry about your ex girlfriend. This is between you and God. Confess your wrong doings and ask for forgiveness. Pray with your heart. Ask for courage and patience as you work through the hardships

Julian
Julian
Reply to  Let
April 7, 2022 7:39 am

That advice is totally bull, you xan go to God but he won’t even except you won’t listen and definitely won’t forgive you.. I know from keep asking he can’t be bothered to reply when he hate you he really hates you nothing you can do.. I am losing my faith my hope but because I am nothing to him not rich not powerful he doesn’t want to know.. I now know the God of the bible is definitely not true.. I believe in God but not the fiction God of the man made book the bible

Mike
Mike
August 16, 2021 4:07 am

Well for a good single man like me that was really hoping to meet the right good woman to settle down with to have a family, which really makes me wonder why would God do this to me when it is very normal to have. Gee wiz, i am a good looking man that keeps in very good shape as well. And i have a very good personality too. God did say that man shouldn’t be alone. So much for that. Then again had God created most women just like the old days when they were the very complete opposite of today as well as real Ladies, then it would had been very easy since finding love in those days was no problem at all. It is very obvious why our family members really lucked out back then. Quite a change in the women today, now that Feminism is everywhere now.

Howard
Howard
Reply to  Mike
December 16, 2021 10:01 pm

Hi Mike, It would seem that our suffering can be overwhelming. Whenever I get surrounded by proud selfish people, they go in for the kill ad seem to like watching me suffer. I get pissed and then I calm. That calm does not come from me, it comes from God, and I know it does.My mother died of cancer when I was 14, Dad was a sinner and seemed proud of it .I joined the AirForce at 17, went in as a medic. When done with that service I met the most wonderful young woman who I wanted to be my wife. She was killed by a drunk driver, and I renounced God. For years I blamed God.An epiphany i had was that it isn’t God causing these problems in my life it was the evil one. Then 10 years later , I met another, she became an alcoholic and left me for another guy 5 years ago.Even then I did not renounce God. A few years after that my father died. He was a mess with dementia and such. Since then, covid has struck and people are sinning like crazy, I have held fast to the gospel plow. Life has never been harder for me. And even as I right this to you, I still have God in my heart. Our trials are there to prove the sincerity of our spirits, to refine them, hammer out the impurities so to speak. Many lose Faith when tested, and God will not bother with scrap and slag, he will however keep refining your spirit. This life is just a proving ground, and those that receive a reward here are not going to get one on the other side. If you are suffering, that means you ARE worthy of God’s approval, and that my friend is awesome. Not many truly figure this out. I hope you do .Godbless!

Guest
Guest
Reply to  Howard
December 26, 2021 5:10 am

Howard, i am very hurt when i read your story about what happened to you. But it is very difficult to have faith in God when very bad things happen to us. I hope it will get much better for you as well for me too. Merry Christmas and happy New Year. Peace.

Sister in Christ
Sister in Christ
Reply to  Howard
January 21, 2022 10:06 am

God bless you brother 🙏🏻 I too have lost loves to death, more than one. Reborn by the grace of God through loving and knowing Jesus Christ. As I sit in my bed with Covid, feeling horrible and depressed, thinking about the things I have to do, opportunities that have come my way that I may end up having to disappoint people and I’m wondering if this is the enemy throwing me this illness, discipline or just the world. I came across your post. A truth we need to remember every single day. This world is our incubator! As a baby is grown in its mothers womb for 9 months then born into an earthly world. We are being grown on earth for however long it takes 20-100 years to be born into our heavenly home. God bless you brother and thank you for the seeds you planted

Miss.L.C. minister
Miss.L.C. minister
Reply to  Mike
January 16, 2022 9:28 pm

Respect you have serious vanity issues talking about your looks you’re in good shape You’re good personality That’s vanity do you go to church do you read the Bible do you do things for the needy the poor

Guest
Guest
Reply to  Miss.L.C. minister
February 18, 2022 9:57 am

Miss.L.C.minister, Yes. But the women today unfortunately Aren’t like the old days at all. Why is that?