Are you the disciplinarian in your family? My guess is you have to be at some point in time. I seem to be the guy in my family. Almost every time I have to do something punitive to discipline, I feel terrible. Whether I’m taking away privileges, using reality discipline, or corporal punishment, I always seem to come away from it feeling beaten up and the bad guy. How does God feel about discipline? The author of Hebrews says discipline is God treating us as sons: “For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?” (12:7, ESV). It goes on to say that if you’re not disciplined, you’re illegitimate. When you face the need to discipline your child, remember you’re reminding them whose they are. Hopefully, they’ll see Whose YOU are by the way you do it.
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