Sometimes parents have the tough responsibility of applying discipline. The type of offense determines the degree of punishment. Of course, this is never an easy task. The process of discipline involves several features in order to bring about the necessary changes. The person on the receiving end must feel the right amount of mental, physical, and emotional pressure to transform negative behavior to positive. As a parent, this process can test us in areas we never expected. But, parents who love their children will regulate them when necessary…for their own good.
The Bible tells us that, “whom the Lord loves, He chastises” He cares enough to not allow bad behavior to stunt our spiritual growth (Hebrew 12:6). Because of God’s goodness, He desires the very best for His creation. Therefore, He will not turn a blind eye to inappropriate actions; and neither should those in authority over young people. When we refuse to challenge areas of misconduct in our children, it is a disservice.
Kids are a bundle of strong-willed energy. Energy with no direction becomes problematic. Therefore, a child left to his/her own imaginations can think of all kinds of ways to get into mischief. In Proverbs 19 parents are instructed to “chasten thy son while there is still hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying” in other words…do not allow the waterworks to dictate your parental role (V. 18).
Just as the instruction and the love of God bring about change for the good in our lives, discipline applied in love brings about the desired outcome in our children. Chastisement never feels good at the time. But, in the future our children will thank us for caring enough to correct. The failure to discipline could result in some critical consequences. The application of chastening “yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness” and respect…it produces a society of productive citizens (Hebrews 12:11).
Train up a child in the way he/she should go and when they are older, they will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)
Written by Laura Alexander