Posted: Saturday, September 15
Verse of the Day:
“Do not withhold discipline from your child…” (Proverbs 23:13)
Parenting can be hard work and overwhelming at times. We wonder if we are doing things right and when it comes to disciplining our child we second guess our actions and are fed lies from the enemy. I have read a few books and blogs on discipline when one of my girls were having a difficult time listening and obeying. Some of the recommendations offered worked and some didn’t work for our family. However there is one book I read daily that’s recommendations have worked consistently, The Bible!
When pondering discipline, one Bible verse always comes to mind, Proverbs 23:13. Proverbs 23:13 in the New International Version translation reads “Do not withhold disciple from your child…” In the message translation it reads “Do not be AFRAID to correct your young ones…” As parents, I feel we are afraid to discipline our kids sometimes. We’re afraid of being too harsh when maybe their poor behavior choice wasn’t that big of a deal. We’re afraid of our kids being upset with us, causing an escalation in poor behavior. Even more real is being afraid to discipline in public. We’re afraid of being judged by others. I know I am guilty of feeling like all of the above at times.
However the Bible indicates that as parents we are suppose to “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6). You see if we do not discipline a child’s poor behavior or disobedience starting at a young age, there is no way to hold them accountable when they become teenagers and young adults. We are to train our little ones on the consequences of poor behavior and choices so they learn to make better choices and become responsible adults. It also teaches them how to respect others.
So, if you struggle with discipline, “Look to the Lord and His Strength; Seek His face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11. I encourage you to pray for strength for those tough parenting days. Pray for guidance and wisdom when you have no idea how to handle a situation. Also, talk with other Christian parents when you are feeling alone or defeated. They’ve probably been through it, can give you words of encouragement and pray for you!