The greatest responsibility God gives us parents and grandparents is to parent using the rod of correction, guiding and nurturing our children. When we don’t discipline in love our love becomes questionable because it shows a lack of concern for our young. Young children don’t always understand the consequences of bad choices that they make. Our children can see us make wise choices but it doesn’t mean they will use common sense or be wise in their decisions. The wisdom a child learns must be consciously taught. Discipline can mean something other than physical contact with them. ” The root of discipline” stands for all forms of discipline or training. I’m thankful that God corrects us and trains us in childhood and into parenting to make us better. He does it for our children by using us to train them to practice and know the difference between right and wrong. God loves all of us and we are the sons and daughters He delights in.
To teach or train can rub some people the wrong way because some disciplinarians are not loving. It is not always easy for a loving parent to discipline a child but it is necessary. We know God is all loving and if we model our parenting after our heavenly Father we won’t get pleasure out of inflicting pain but because we want our children to develope Christs’ character, a spirit of self control and a steadfast spirit. In hopes that they will not get tired of doing what is good for we as parents and they as children shall reap a harvest in due season if we faint not. In order for our children to grow morally strong they must be taught the difference between good and bad. Disciplining in love helps them to do that.
Don’t be afraid to discipline your children; it is an act of love they don’t sometimes understand until they are adults and look back on situations of correction later. Hopefully, whether they are an adult or a child they will do so with a repentant heart. Our response should be forgiveness, patience, integrity and confidence that God will show them what to do. Remember the rod of correction will encourage our children to seek God’s wisdom above all else!