Discipline, Yes or No…
First it is very important to recognize that discipline is for both the children and adults. I grew up in an age that started the revolt against disciplining a child with the thought process that it would hinder their mental, emotional and creativity development. So, the big question would be is discipline a directive of God or one from mankind to maintain a level of control that an individual desires. And of course, if it ok, then what is the frame of mind needed so that it is simply not one of anger.
How do you react when you are disciplined by God? Or do we even recognize when God is disciplining us. Our world would teach us that disciple is wrong and even unlawful. Can that possibly be true. Most importantly remember who is the god, small g, that pushes logic that differs from our One True God (2 Corinthians 4:3,4 “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”)
As with all topics in life the Bible holds the answer. The scriptures we have are as relevant today as they were when God first introduced them through Godly men and their life experiences (II Tim 3:16, 7& II Pet 1:20,21) a couple of thousand years ago. The scriptures hold absolute truths. The enemy would have you believe that the scriptures are history books and not life changing truths sent from God. Or that down through the ages some truths change. But fortunately for us God’s truths are never changing (Mat 5:18, Malachi 3:6) and are life changing if we allow them to be. Yes, I know there are many who do not believe in discipline, but God does. Listen to what He says about discipline for children and for adults;
Heb 12:4-8 “You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons, ‘My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by Him; For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He scourges every son whom He receives.’ It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as sons; for what son is there whom His father does not discipline.”
Proverbs 15:10 “Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way, And he who hates correction will die.”
Proverbs 3:11 “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke,”
Proverbs 5:23 “For lack of discipline they will die, led astray by their own great folly.”
Proverbs 13:24 “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.”
Proverbs 22:15 “Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.”
1 Corinthians 5:1-5 “It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this? For my part, even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. As one who is present with you in this way, I have already passed judgment in the name of our Lord Jesus on the one who has been doing this. So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.”
No discipline from God means you are not one of His sons or daughters…
Hebrews 12:9 “But if you are without discipline of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons”
The discipline of God can draw you to Him to be saved or if already saved it is a part of the spiritual maturing process, so we can grow spiritually and glorify His name.
Discipline while biblical must happen out of love and not out of anger.
Hebrews 12:6 “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
If we will but allow it to teach us……
Luke 9:23 “Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”