Sunday, Aug. 28 Dealing with Discipline
Most children resist discipline. Contrary to how some people view it, everyone is born with a sin nature. Not only is this verified by Scripture, it is quite evident right from the “git go” when a child is born. The core of the sin nature is self. A baby doesn’t have all the understanding of its’ helplessness, but soon learns that it needs “mama.” So long as darling “Susie” has all her physical needs met, she is happy. The love relationship stems from that care and normally increases over time. Despite that, there is a constant warfare going on. The normal attitude of a child is “I want what I want and I want it now.” That continues into adulthood unless there is some measure of discipline during childhood. There is much in the Bible about discipline. Hebrews 12:5-6 nails it. “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” Like the child, we want to resist. Discipline hurts. A paddled child knows this. The hurt is necessary or we wouldn’t change. Besides resisting, we can feel sorry for ourselves, the “feeble knees” of verse 12, or get discouraged, the “grow weary and lose heart” of verse 3. The proper response is to focus on Jesus as a role model (vv. 2-3), “endure” (v. 7), “submit” (v. 9), persevere (v. 1), rejoice because we know it is for our good, producing holiness and peace (vv 2, 10, 11). And the bottom line is that God loves us (v. 6).