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Don’t Despise Discipline from One Who Delights in You

“Wait, one more thing!” series Post 5

“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.”

Proverbs 3:11-12

My beloved child,

I despise little more than to see you hurting. But sometimes, pain serves a purpose, especially when it is allowed by God. Discipline is invaluable, if gets your attention and causes you to alter your course to be more consistent with the one the Lord has perfectly charted for you. Embrace it.

Your father and I corrected you when you were in our home because we absolutely delight in you and want the best for you. Your Heavenly Father cares for you even more and will continue to discipline and shape you into His image until He takes you to His home.

Turn toward the Lord when He brings correction into your life. Lean in. Learn well. Know that He wouldn’t be giving His time and attention to teach you if He didn’t love you immensely. Don’t despise discipline when it comes from the One who delights in you most.

You are truly and deeply cared for, by us and by your Lord.

This post is part of a series which was born the day my son moved out of the house. Please read Wait, one more thing! for the backstory.

Other posts in this series, which you might enjoy, are:
Live Long and Prosper
Fear the One You Trust
How to Measure your Treasure

5 replies on “Don’t Despise Discipline from One Who Delights in You”

this is needed greatly within families. I know some who are not saved that practice this kind of discipline. It’s not only godly but common sense too. If a child is allow to get by with disobedience without discipline they will continue to blame others for their wrong. My daughter is a Para at a school and the stories she tells is heartbreaking. This little kids are just that, little kids whose leaders are their parents. Those who have parents who discipline correctly are easy to work with but those who, kindergartens I’m talking, and tell you if you touch me, my dad will beat you up. My bother in law just retired from teaching for over 25 years and he told us the change is frightening. Why, those rebellious kids will be the ones breaking windows, burning cars, all in the name of, “I have a right because of this and this”. God help us. Great post.

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I agree. The lack of respect for authority is disheartening. Do you think there is a link to be made between the way people resist the opportunity for character improvement and the elevation of victimhood? There are so many angles from which to look at it, but it is gut-wrenching from all of them.
And agreed – being saved does not have to be a factor in good discipline. I might say, though, that the saved should have less excuse, since the Bible we follow spells it out so clearly!

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