Raising Kingdom Kids
Discipline God’s Way – Part 2
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.
As Christ followers we are being told, in the key verse for today, that God disciplines us for our good. Aren’t we glad that we have a heavenly Father who cares so deeply for us that He won’t let us destroy ourselves with bad behavior? I know none of us enjoy the discipline moments in our lives. We didn’t as kids, and we don’t as God’s children. However, most of us adults do understand, now, the value of discipline, even though we don’t enjoy those times.
If you have come to trust Jesus, then you certainly know that God’s discipline is all about making us better, not just making us miserable for our bad behavior. That being true, this becomes a great coaching moment for parents with kids still at home. We want our kids to sense that any discipline we give is not just because we are mad at them. We want them to understand that our discipline is truly for their betterment. That is not always easy to get across to kids, but that is the proper goal for all parents in the heat of the battle. The question is how do parents make that happen in their homes?
First, as we have said, try not to discipline out of anger. Try to let enough time pass, so our emotions have calmed down. When we approach our kids calmly, they can receive our “talk” much easier than if there is anger involved.
Secondly, try to be very intentional about what can be done to make them better in the situation that got them in trouble. All parents can remember days when we spit out some discipline that had little thought and we regretted ever saying it. Let’s learn from God’s way of disciplining us. He never makes a mistake! Take time to always praise God for the way He takes us and molds us into the person we want to be.
Father, thanks for your perfect discipline, amen.