Friday, July 29, 2011

Is Discipline Really Important?

"Discipline your son and he will give you rest;
he will give delight to your heart."
Proverbs 29:17

Today we are going to take a few minutes to look at why it is important to discipline children.

1.  God says to!  That's the most important reason,  but He gives us "why's".
2.  If a child is disciplined, he will give a parent rest.  [What parent doesn't need rest?] (Proverbs 20:17)
3.  He will give you delight. (29:17)
4.  Discipline will help her to develop wisdom, (Proverbs 29:15) and will enable a parent not to be ashamed of the child.
5.  Discipline preempts foolishness in a child (Proverbs 22:15).
6.  It protects him from judgment. (Proverbs 23:13-14)
7.  It cleanses them from evil and helps to develop good character. (Proverbs 20:30)
8.  It shows the child that he is truly loved. (Proverbs 13:24)
9.  Discipline teaches a child to love knowledge (Proverbs 12:1)
10. Rather to coming to poverty and disgrace, the child who receives the instruction of discipline is honored. (Proverbs 13:18)
11.It helps him gain understanding [or intelligence, ESV}.  (Proverbs 15:32)  

And let's remember that teaching a child through discipline helps him to learn to properly receive the discipline of the Lord.  As Christians we are so privileged to have a God who does not leave us to our own selfish devises, but disciplines us as a loving Father.  Praise His Name!

Hebrews 12:6-11

"For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.  It is for discipline that you have to endure.  God is treating you as sons.  For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?  If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.  Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them.  Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?  For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His holiness.  For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it."

As we lovingly discipline our children, let's remember that we have a Holy Example, our Heavenly Father.  I pray for every mom and dad who love their children that they will not be neglectful to consistently discipline.  It's not fun, but it works.  God says so!

Enduring His discipline,

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Excellent post! Discipline is so very important. So many times we hear parents say that they "love their children too much to discipline" them. Not true. If they fail to discipline, they are not showing love at all but are dooming their children to live with the fatal results of lack of discipline. As I grow older in the Lord, I find that self-discipline is more and more important and necessary in life. So we need to teach our kids the necessity of self-discipline ... and we need to be sure that important trait is real in our own lives so we will be good examples for them.

Thanks for sharing this ... it is both timely and important.


Parents do not do enough of that now days. However, there are some that go too far with it. I still think when there is a problem child, a lot of it starts with the parents. Too, they give them whatever they want, which is not right.

Linda Stubbs

Thank you sweet friend, for putting this up. So is wonderful that God's Word gives us instruction on how to love and teach our children. I have older children and I have seen over and over the things that my Phil and I taught in the word while they were with, never leaves them no matter the age. They may go on and do their own thing, but the Holy Spirit continues to remind them of what they have been taught while they were young. It is fun to watch as they do the same for their children. Hugs, me


this is critical info, a must. i feel sorry for kids who get away with bad behavior b/c theyre being set up for destruction. be the parent, not the friend for a child. i dont understand believers who miss this important command.

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