The Need for Discipline

Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.
Punish them with the rod and save them from death. Proverbs 23:13-14

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. Hebrews 12:11

We, as Children of God, all need discipline. Why? Because we’d be spoiled brats if we didn’t have it. If we got everything we wanted in prayer, how would that help us? Where is the labor and patience that produces, as the above verse says “a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:6

Children need to be disciplined for the same reasons. If they got everything they wanted after whining for five minutes, what does that teach them about you and them?

When was the last time that you remember being disciplined by God? It would have probably come in an “aha!” moment when reading the Bible or talking to others.

And the beauty of discipline is this: it’s a clear sign that God still loves us and wants the best for us “because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” Hebrews 12:6

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