Discipline from a Loving Parent
Heb. 12:5-6: "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 love, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son" (NIV).
The word "discipline" in this passage means to educate or train, rather than to condemn or punish. Most of us realize our discipline stems from our love and concern for our kids. Interestingly, it is this same parental love that causes God to discipline us throughout our lives as well.
How does God discipline us? Often, it is by delivering consequences when we make mistakes, and then walking with us as we deal with those consequences. When we have learned from the process, He gives us new opportunities to obey, and helps us grow and mature in ways we never thought possible.
It is important to remember that the purpose of His discipline isn't to defeat us. Romans 8:1 says, "there is now no condemnation for those who are in Jesus Christ." Instead, He wants us to learn from discipline, to look towards Him, and keep going! What a great example of a Perfect Parent!
Embrace the Lord's discipline as an expression of His love. Use Him as your model for disciplining your children.