I didn’t enjoy it at the time—nor did I repeat the exact same procedures with my children, but it did accomplish their intended purpose.
Physicians, counselors, and psychologists differ in their opinions over how children should be disciplined. Others disagree over how a given society should react to those who break laws. But one thing is certain…failure to respond to bad behavior will have negative repercussions. Mom and Dad responded to mine with a mixture of corporal punishment and taking away things I enjoyed. Though I didn’t always agree with their methods, I got the message. Don’t repeat what I was being disciplined for.
No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. (Hebrews 12:11 NLT)
My parents weren’t perfect with their disciplinary methods—nor was I. There were times when I had to apologize to my children for overreacting or for falsely accusing them. But God is the perfect parent. He never makes mistakes with his disciplinary methods, nor does he ever chastise when I don’t deserve it.
I disciplined my children because I loved them and knew their unwise actions would lead them down dead end paths. God knows more than I ever could and gently corrects me because he loves me intensely. He always has my good in mind. He can see where I haven’t been but often want to go. Down roads where the journey will be harmful to me or others.
The length of God’s discipline depends on me. If I respond by going in an acceptable direction, the discipline may very well cease. But if I demonstrate stubbornness, he’ll let it continue and even intensify. All because he loves me with all his heart.
Are you being disciplined by God? If so, know it’s because he loves you.
Prayer: Thank You merciful God for the gentle corrections You administer when we go astray.
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