Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?
All children need discipline. How much or how little depends a great deal on a child's temperament.
For some, a simple "no" suffices in correcting a wrong behavior. Others may require more stringent measures. A swift pop to the bottom. A rap to the hand. Time-out. Grounding. Removal of privileges.
In raising my children, I am fortunate that both respond well to my "no". It is the rare occasion when anything harsher is called for.
I know. I am one lucky parent.
Because, others are not so blessed.
Or, just don't know how to deal with their child's negative actions.
I witness this first-hand in teaching. It is immediately evident which children have firm, loving, and appropriate discipline at home, and which ones have been "spared the rod".
The latter are the ones I can count on to be disruptive, disrespectful, arrogant.
Spoiled . . .
Because discipline-deprived youngsters turn into selfish, demanding, tyrannical adults.
Not a pretty picture.
And, most definitely, a far cry from being labeled children of God.
All because a father is lenient. Or, a mother wants to be her child's best friend.
Instead of being what their child needs most.
A disciplined parent.
How were you disciplined as a child? How are you or did you discipline your own children?
Will you pray with me?
The hardest job any of us can ever have, Father, is being a parent. We pray that all parents would look to You as the model for disciplining their children. We thank You for being our Abba, our Daddy, who disciplines with love. Amen.
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