FRIDAY 1 April, 2016
A Father’s Lack of Discipline
But when King David heard of all these things, he was very angry. - 2 Samuel 13:21
David heard about Amnon’s sin against his sister Tamar. He was very angry––but that was as far as it went, there was no disciplinary action given to his son. He should have done something to reprimand Amnon. David’s lack of discipline showed a weakness in his character. Even today David has become known, as a bad father figure, due to his lack of discipline in the lives of his children.
Fathers need to be strong spiritual leaders in their homes. Discipline is never easy but necessary. If we love our children then we must take steps to lovingly discipline them. It shows that we care enough about them, to correct and guide them into becoming godly young men and women. If you do not discipline your children, the results can be disastrous. It truly shows the child that you do not love him enough to correct him from behaviors that would otherwise bring about his ruin.
Proverbs 13:24 reaffirms this thought: He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly. A father should never discipline children in anger, but love and nurture his children in the Lord: And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). Also, be careful not to frustrate your children as you correct them: Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged (Colossians 3:21).
A father himself must set a godly example for his children to follow. What kind of example are you to your children? Can they follow in your footsteps?
Train up a child in the way he should go – but be sure you go that way yourself.
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