From time-to-time I find it necessary to discipline my children. I always try to be understanding and fair, yet firm and definitive. Yesterday, I was listening to a story where folks were afraid to discipline their children because they thought they would grow to hate them. Interesting, I thought! The only young people I know who truly dislike their parents are the ones whose parents refused to accept their God-given responsibility as disciplinarian! There’s nothing that will ruin a young life quicker than a lack of discipline. Clearly, I’m the disciplinarian in my home, and, at times, my children have each met the disciplinarian part of my love. Yep, that’s right, MY LOVE! Without discipline there is no love. So…. if you’re thinking of having children, or if you have them already, love them enough to discipline them properly. One day they’ll thank you for it!
But remember, “discipline” means to teach!
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” Hebrews 11:6