In this blog post from our Sunday teaching, we will discuss the importance of discipline in raising children and how it affects not only their future but also the people around them. We will also explore how God's discipline plays a significant role in our lives and how it can help us grow as individuals.
During a family vacation in Orlando, I witnessed a scene that made me think deeply about the concept of discipline. A child, around nine or ten years old, was screaming at his parents, who seemed to be unfazed by the situation. This made me wonder about the kind of discipline they had in place and how it was clearly not working.
The Ripple Effect
This child's behavior has a ripple effect on the people around him – his teacher, classmates, future spouse, children, employer, neighbors, and even his pastor. All because a basic principle, discipline, was either being underutilized or not being utilized at all.
The Necessity of Discipline
Discipline is essential in raising children to become responsible, respectful, and contributing members of society. Proverbs 22:6 says,
"Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it."
Discipline is not just for our personal satisfaction, but to train the child with the end goal of them growing into responsible adults.
The Dangers of a Lack of Discipline
Both physical and mental abuse can cause irreparable trauma to a child, which may result in a troubled life as an adult. However, raising children with little to no discipline is just as dangerous. It's crucial to have a balance of control, regulation, direction, order, authority, rule, strictness, and routine to raise well-rounded individuals.
God's discipline is an essential part of His love for us. Proverbs 3:11-12 says,
"My child, don’t reject the LORD’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the LORD corrects those he loves, Just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights."
His discipline is meant to help us grow and become better people.
Discerning God's Discipline
God's discipline can come in various forms, such as life challenges, the Holy Spirit's conviction, or through godly people in our lives. It's essential to discern when God is disciplining us and how we can learn and grow from these experiences.
The Role of Others in Discipline
As believers, we have a responsibility to help our brothers and sisters in Christ when we see them in potential danger or struggling with sin. Galatians 6:1-3 instructs us to gently and humbly help them back onto the right path while being careful not to fall into the same temptation ourselves.
Discipline is a crucial aspect of raising children and living a life pleasing to God. It is our responsibility to teach our children and help those around us when they need guidance. By doing so, we create a stronger, more loving community and become better individuals in the process.