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Does God punish us?

“‘If after all this you will not listen to me, I will punish you for your sins seven times over. I will break down your stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze.” Leviticus 26:18-19
“If in spite of these things you do not accept my correction but continue to be hostile toward me, I myself will be hostile toward you and will afflict you for your sins seven times over.” Leviticus 26:23-24
            Yes, but what is the purpose of punishment?  If it’s only out of the shear delight of causing pain, then the punisher is a masochist.  That’s not God. 
            The purpose of his punishment is correction, just like a good parent corrects his/her child.  God sees deviant behavior and wants the person to do the right thing, be right with him (righteous) and not stray into hurtful sin.  We may not like the punishment at the time, but look back one day and appreciate it.