Would You Like To Have Some Discipline?
If you asked the question above to 100 people you would probably get a quick, “No!,” from about 99 of them. Hardly anyone likes or wants discipline. Our grandson is sixteen months old. He is developing a strong sense of his own identity along with what he wants and what he does not want. He is not a fan of the teaching and discipline that his parents are giving him! They do it because they love him and want what is best for him.
Most parents love their children more than they can explain. It may not seem like it to their children as they are growing up because of the necessity of discipline. Children must be told, “No,” from the time they are old enough to understand the word up to and through their teenage years. Children should not always get what they want. Children should not always get to do what all the other kids are doing. Sometimes children do not understand why they are being disciplined and they act out with crying and misbehavior. Because parents love their children they discipline them. Parents want what is best for their children. It is easier for the parent not to discipline the children and let them do whatever they want. Perhaps that is one reason why there are such discipline issues in schools and in society in general these days.
Discipline is necessary for a person to develop into a decent, respectable human being. Discipline is also necessary for people to develop into the Christians that God wants us to be. That is shown by this passage in Hebrews 12:5-11. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by Him. For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
We are not told exactly how God disciplines us. We may deduce that it happens when we are going through painful times. As we endure and remain faithful to God, we receive the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Do we like discipline? No. Do we need discipline? Yes.