Hebrews 12:11 “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.”
I can still remember one of the last spankings I received from my Dad. Our dog, Pepper, had given birth to a litter of puppies. I think there were eight of them. But Pepper was not a good mother. If we didn’t keep her penned up, she would take her puppies into the woods behind our house and leave them. Strange behavior, huh?
Well, she did it again, and we could hear the puppies whimpering down in the woods. My Mom told me NOT to go in the woods to get them since it was summer and the snakes were out. Now, you have to know that I grew up in Southwest Georgia that is home to cotton-mouthed moccasins and rattlesnakes. You can guess what I did – I went anyway.
I will never forget coming out of the woods with my shirt full of puppies and seeing my Dad standing there waiting for me. He tore me up for disobeying my Mom and putting myself in harm’s way. I learned a lesson that day that I will never forget – Do what your Mom says, no matter what.
What discipline are you imposing on your child? Do you hold off on the discipline because you don’t want to hear them cry? Don’t do that. We are after the end result of this verse which says, “those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” Our job as parents is to direct our children towards righteousness. The Word says discipline is required for that.
I find a lot of parents are fine with disciplining their little children, but when they get older they “let them make their own mind up about stuff.” NOOOOOO! Discipline never stops. Until the day they leave home for good, you must continue disciplining them. It is for their good! Don’t stop training them through discipline. It is the Lord’s work you are doing. Be diligent, knowing that He will complete the work in your child’s life.