Consider what D&C 95:1-2 is teaching about both why and how the Lord corrects us.
1) He starts and ends with love
2) He chastens so that we can be forgiven
3) With the chastisement He prepares a way out and a path to deliverance
How do these principles impact how you think about the correction you receive from the Lord?
How do these principles impact how you think about giving other people (eg. family members, friends, etc) correction?
1 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you whom I love, and whom I love I also chasten that their sins may be forgiven, for with the chastisement I prepare a way for their deliverance in all things out of temptation, and I have loved you—
2 Wherefore, ye must needs be chastened and stand rebuked before my face;
Compassion doesn’t nullify the need for discipline. The word discipline comes from the Latin word discere, “to learn,” or discipulus, “learner,” making a disciple a student and follower. To discipline in the Lord’s way is to lovingly and patiently teach. In the scriptures the Lord often uses the word chasten when speaking of discipline. The word chasten comes from the Latin castus, meaning “chaste or pure,” and chasten means “to purify.”
In the world, it is an earthly judge who condemns a man and locks him in prison. In contrast, the Book of Mormon teaches us that when we willfully sin, we become our “own judges” and consign ourselves to spiritual prison. Ironically, the common judge in this case holds the keys that unlock the prison gates; “for with the chastisement I prepare a way for their deliverance in all things out of temptation”. The proceedings of a righteous judge are merciful, loving, and redemptive, not condemning.
Elder Lynn G. Robbins