There is considerable misunderstanding about what it means when God chastens us. He does this as a loving Father to correct and guide us, not to punish us. It’s painful while we’re going through it, but it is not punishment; chastening is a sign that we are God’s son or daughter. Punishment, which involves fear, does not figure into the covenant of grace, because it’s not God’s nature to punish. Creflo Dollar’s two message series, The Discipline of Grace, reveals that we are guaranteed to encounter adversity and painful circumstances in life; however, God uses those things, not because He is angry with us, but to grow and mature us.