In my last post, Read the Manual, we saw that when you violate a Biblical principle there are consequences. Principles are eternal truths that never change with the passing of time or changes in culture. The Bible is our manual for living and it addresses every issue of life: dating, finances, relationships, sex, justice, helping the needy, etc. God gave use the Word not to control us but to save us from the consequences of making mistakes.
I am very concerned about the condition of families in America. There is no single solution to restoring the family but it is my belief that one of the major problems facing families today is lack of discipline. I am not calling for abuse or dictatorial rule but genuine biblical. Discipline is not about punishment but rather correcting behavior. There is no love without discipline.”Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.” Proverbs 13:2
Lack of discipline leads to rebellion. Proverbs 29:15 To discipline a child produces wisdom, but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child.
King David refused to discipline his son, Absalom. Results? David lost his Kingdom. Absalom was killed in battle. David was a great king and soldier but he was a lousy father.
Parenting is difficult, no question, and discipline is not pleasant – “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” but it is necessary.