Discipline Is A Practice That Makes Punishment Unnecessary


Discipline Is A Practice That Makes Punishment Unnecessary

Children are a blessing and reward from God! I really do believe it for two reasons, one, the Bible says so and two, I have four children and my wife Kathy and I have experienced the incredible blessing and reward they bring into our lives. With that being said there is a lot of natural tension that comes with having these incredible blessings from God in our lives, one of which is discipline. How are we supposed to discipline our kids? Is it even loving to discipline them? Discipline can create confusion in a family; the good news is the Bible gives us some clarity about discipline and the importance of it for us and our children.

Punishment Versus Correction

This coming weekend at Alive Church we are going to be talking about Discipline. We have to start with perspective. Typically when people hear the word discipline as it relates to the parent child relationship they think in terms of punishment. While punishment is a part, and we should be teaching that there are consequences to all of our choices, good and bad, we are going to look at discipline from this perspective: Discipline is a practice that makes punishment unnecessary. The writer of Hebrews says “For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”  (Heb 12:6 NLT) There it is in one sentence, love and discipline. And the one who is showing us the way is our loving Heavenly Father.

Here’s A Question For You

Let me ask you a question? How did your parents discipline you? Was there a positive outcome? Are you grateful? Or was it an experience that has made you era on the opposite side and allow your kids to go without discipline? The bigger question is: have you taken time to see what the Bible tells us about disciplining our children? We will do just that this weekend. It is one of the ways we can guarantee our children’s success!

Invite A Friend And Join Us

I want to encourage you to take a few moments and invite a friend to join us for this important topic as we continue in our weekend talk series Parenthood. Your friends will be grateful that you did and for all of us this will be a weekend of going from confusion about discipline to clarity. Join us Saturday at 5:00pm or Sunday at 9:30 or 11:00 am. If you haven’t been able to join us for the first two parts of Parenthood you can catch them on demand at AliveChurch.com