Parental Discipline Is Born Out of a Heart of Love

Rick Thomas | 12/8/2019 | Rick Thomas
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Do you discipline your children? How do you do it? When it comes to corrective care, how does your child experience it? Just as important, what is your motive behind your discipline? Anytime you’re talking about parental discipline, you want to make sure you are beginning at the right place, which is with the Lord. The Bible says, “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves” (Hebrews 12:6).

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The three big words in this verse are Father, discipline, and love. The parent represents God the Father and disciplines the child out of a heart of love. Did you know when you experience the Lord’s discipline, you are also experiencing His love? Because God is love, there is no other way to experience Him or His discipline (1 John 4:8).

Did you see that? God is love, and when He disciplines us, we experience who He is, which is love. Our children receive the same from us: they experience what we are. If we are motivated and controlled by love, love is what our children will receive.

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Because our goal is to imitate Him in all ways, we have the perfect model to follow when it comes to parental discipline (Ephesians 5:1; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 4:9). Who would want to pursue another example? Who would want to discipline another way? We have the privilege of leading our children the way God leads us.

Though God “hurts us on purpose,” when He does discipline us, we know He wants only the best for us. This vital point is where you want to think about your corrective care. Discipline...
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