Raising Kingdom Kids
Discipline God’s Way – Part 7
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:5-11
Key Verse: Hebrews 12:5
And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you.”
It is interesting to me that the first part of the key verse for today, uses the phrase, “this word of encouragement.” Do you think of discipline from the Lord as “encouragement”? Would our kids think our discipline is encouragement from us? Both our kids and we look at discipline as a discouraging thing, it seems to me. However, would you agree that good godly discipline really can be thought of as encouraging? God loves us deeply and as our heavenly Father, He gives us discipline to make us more like Jesus. If you are a believer, I know that is your deepest heart desire.
As a parent, wanting their discipline to be encouraging, what should be done to make this a reality? Parents ought to verbalize their desires, not just assume our kids get it. Sometimes we feel such love for our kids that we don’t verbalize it. What we do verbalize are our feelings of what our children do that we feel they shouldn’t; our kids get that loud and clear. Wouldn’t it be great if you can say, my kids get my love loud and clear? Godly discipline always comes with spoken words of love and encouragement.
We believers read in God’s Word that His discipline to us is out of deep love for us. If we can take God at His word, then we can see His discipline as His encouragement to us!
Notice our key verse says, “have you completely forgotten?”; it’s easy to forget that our hardships are as much expressions of God’s love for us, as what we perceive as His blessings. (Continued)
Father, help me never forget how much you love me and may I show that love to my kids. In Jesus’ Name, amen.