Love knows no fear. Fear has to do with judgment and punishment. Our mind must be renewed with whom God is towards His own people. Discipline is a positive word and do not know judgment and punishment. God disciplines us in love with the goal of spiritual growth and restoration. To return to Him or to come closer to Him like the prodigal son. It aims to get the flesh more and more conformed to Jesus’s death, because the Bible says in Romans 6:5-6 that we are united with Him in His death and so our flesh and old self died. Hebrews 12:6-7 says that true children of God are disciplined and chastened and is also a sign that you are accepted as a child of God. It’s also say that God disciplines because He loves. This is just like our own children. We have inherited this from our heavenly Father.
While the prodigal son was in the far away country, circumstances worked together to bring him to that point in the pigsty where he realized his sin. Although he left his fathers house physically, things worked together for his return to his father’s house. In the same way God is always in control of everything and all things work together for His purposes, for those he called and will call to salvation. The difficulties that the prodigal son experienced was preordained by God the Father to bring him back home. In the same way a backslider or sinner is brought home under God the Father’s discipline. Luke 15:12-24