Recently, my wife called me in the middle of my workday extremely frustrated. Our daughter was defying her authority and was out of control. I decided this was serious enough—I needed to go home. I said, “I’ll be right there.” By the time I arrived, my daughter had already apologized, expressing her remorse and her desire to change. Well, that didn’t stop the discipline and me from making it clear that that wasn’t going to happen again. But the most amazing reaction came from my wife. She wrapped her arms around me and said, “Thank you so much,” expressing great love for me. Scripture says it’s loving to discipline your kids. Certainly it’s loving to that child, but also to others as well—to your spouse and even to the God who owns our kids.

Suggested Reading: Proverbs 3:12,, Hebrews 12:9-11