'...do not reject the Lord's discipline...' Proverbs 3:11 NCV
Which is more loving: (A) The parent who answers all of their kid’s questions with ‘yes, sweetheart’ (including the request to shave the dog with a vegetable peeler). OR… (B) The parent who lets their kid know, lovingly, when something isn’t particularly good for them, or those around them. Even if it means the child gets upset. Now, you probably guessed that we feel like the second answer would be a better style of parenting. We get the same impression from the Bible. Proverbs 3:11–12 NIV says, ‘My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent His rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those He loves, as a father the son he delights in.’ God knows the consequences of the ‘yes, sweetheart’ type of parenting, and He loves us all far too much to let that happen. Because of that lion–fierce love for us, He’s good and gracious enough to point us to the things that are best for us. But that’s not always comfortable. Romans 11:22 NLT says, ‘Notice how God is both kind and severe. He is severe toward those who disobeyed, but kind to you if you continue to trust in His kindness…’ We know that it’s the most gut–squirmingly awkward thing to be confronted with legitimate problems with the way that we think, act or speak. We know that it can be hard to know how to react to that. We know that it’s, well, frankly horrid. But it’s all part of God’s best for you. Real, loving discipline is one of the strongest ways to inspire growth. So, think of the last person that told you off for something. Do something extra–specially nice for them today.
SoulFood: Gen 10-12, John 12:12-19, Ps 118:1-9, Prov 31:6-9
WORD4TODAY (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by Vision Christian Media. 2015 UCB International Ltd