Isaiah 19:1-21:17; Galatians 2:1-16; Psalm 59:1-17; Proverbs 23:13-14
“Do not withhold discipline from a child;
if you strike him with a rod, he will not die.
If you strike him with a rod, you will save his soul
Discipline is for our good
and for our children’s.
Discipline means setting limits
and providing consequences when they are breached.
A crooked sapling needs the subtle pressure of a guiding
rod or rope to coax it to grow straight and tall.
We and our children bend with our
our old ‘Adam’–
and our loving God applies his discipline
through His Word and the power of the Holy Spirit
to straighten us up,
to make us more like him.
Sparing discipline is not a recipe
Wise discipline applied with love and discernment
protects the growing child
and gets him/her to adulthood
in one piece!
Lord, grant that we submit to your loving discipline and grow. Grant that all children may have loving caregivers whether they be parents, teachers, guardians, or grandparents who will help them to grow strong in mind and body and soul. For Jesus’ sake, Amen.