Raising Kingdom Kids
Discipline God’s Way – Part 6
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:5-11
Key Verse: Hebrews 12:10
They (our fathers) disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in His holiness.
Continuing our thoughts from yesterday’s devotional, I want to remind you how hard it is to bring God into your discipline if it’s out of your anger. The anger emotion can diminish clear thinking and cause us to say and do things that we regret later. This kind of discipline leads to inconsistent behavior on the parent’s part and by its nature causes lack of follow through. The key stone of all good, godly discipline is consistency and follow through. If a parent says something out of anger and then regrets what they said, obviously they don’t want to follow through with their angry threats. Bringing God into the equation allows His help in keeping us calm and thinking clearly. We are human and we will still make mistakes at times, but if we determine to always give ourselves some time before we discipline our children, we have a much better chance of getting it right.
As a believer aren’t you glad that God disciplines us ONLY for our good, that we may share in His Holiness? God never jumps to conclusions or loses control of His emotions. God has a great plan for all of our lives and sticks to that plan. That is the model that we can use to discipline our children. Remember, the goal is not to be a perfect parent (because that is not going to happen), but to get better at blessing your kids with discipline God’s way!
I like to remind parents that part of this process is admitting to your children that you are not perfect. I had to apologize to my kids on several occasions when I blew it in this area of not using this godly model. In those times when my anger got the best of me, I simply asked them to forgive me. Even our failures can be teaching moments for our kids, because they will need to apologize for their mistakes, as well.
Father, I will imitate you in all ways, In Jesus’ Name, amen.