Merriam-Webster describes discipline as training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.
That is why we discipline as a parent, right?
We want our children to obey the rules, directions, and expectations we have laid before them to ultimately help them have moral character and become successful adults.
(If that is not your reasoning for disciplining your children, I ask, in love, that you examine your heart.)
It is also the most effective to have discipline be natural consequences so that your children link the result with the behavior they chose. Choosing a consequence that is completely unrelated to the negative behavior is not beneficial for our children to remember in the future!
Now here’s the crux about discipline that parents don’t often acknowledge. Who actually is in charge of whether discipline takes place?
Our children! Think about it. If our children are obeying then we don’t need to discipline them. And when they choose to abide we don’t continue to keep adding on more discipline after the initial consequence.
Friends, this is the same with our Heavenly Father. Discipline takes place when we are not obeying and abiding in all aspects of our life. When we correct our behavior and our heart, the discipline stops. Our Heavenly Father is just and merciful.
(This is also an important time to note that discipline and trials are different. A trial is a test of the performance, qualities, or suitability of someone or something. Check out my post on trials for greater information.)
So why are we disciplined by God? Because He wants us to obey the rules, directions, and expectations He has laid before us to ultimately help us have moral character and become successful adults to glorify Him and share His message with others.
He wants what’s best for us and He knows more than us what is best!
How many times have you said that your children?! With God, this is infinitely more true!
We also have the ability to stop the discipline, like our children. Repent and obey! Obedience has a pretty bad reputation in our society but it is out of pride and selfishness that we choose not to.
But remember, we also have God’s unconditional love. Our behaviors are not to determine whether we are saved. Good behavior and acts cannot get us to heaven. That is only through faith and grace of Jesus that we are saved.
So it is out of love that we are disciplined by God to help us become the people He created us to be!
It is out of love that we are disciplined by God to help us become the people He created us to be!
Take the time to read the below bible scriptures and truly focus on what they are saying to you. Some passages may touch you differently than others. Writing down the verses in your own hand is helpful for some individuals. Possibly looking up the verses in your own bible may be beneficial. I use a NIV bible translation. Or reading them over and over to commit to memory. Whatever method works best for you to experience God’s words and feel closer to Him.
Hebrews 12: 5-6
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, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
They 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. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord, your God disciplines you.
Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
I pray that this post help you to evaluate the areas of your life that you feel you are being disciplined. Remember, you are in control of your behaviors and responses.
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