To be a parent is a beautiful yet challenging position. It calls us to not only love with affection but to love through the practice of enforcing principles—a discipline that is consequential in rearing happy, healthy, and morally grounded children.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
We come to this truth through experience that by either being a son or daughter or being a caretaker, most parents seek discipline to teach a child responsibility. To hold a child accountable for their actions. To rear solid and morally sound adolescents takes honorable parents in Christ. This critical truth is to see that our schools, homes, and communities are heightened in God’s goodness and not shrinking in chaos.
The goal for our children is to grow to be solid and secure adults. At the same time, a mighty pillar in the church who is godly and equipped with an excellent ethical family and business mind.
We can agree that we desire communities restored and rebuilt with individuals who were taught self-control, kindness, and compassion—along with self-awareness in Christ. These characteristics make hearts confident to be anything God has created according to His will for them.
Our Father, in Heaven, and Almighty Creator parents us much in the same way.
In many respects he is both mother and father. He is a loving, patient, and calming nurturer. While at the same time a no-nonsense father of order and discipline. Parenting His creation as he pours out his love and reproves from his place on the throne.
You see, Jehovah is not just our God; “He is our Father.” He who gives and pours out his love all the days of our lives. Rearing us, molding us, and mending our lives through love and discipline. A discipline that frequently doesn’t feel good.
Nonetheless, thinking back to your youth, when has discipline ever felt good? Let’s take a look at the definition of discipline.
Discipline—“the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior, using punishment to correct disobedience.”
There you have it, and often God uses punishment to correct “disobedience.” Our Father in Heaven is the most important and influential figure in our lives. He is restoring us in all the right places.
There are several verses in scripture with firm instruction as to why God disciplines. Let’s take a look at a few.
Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but he who [loves] their children is careful to discipline him.
My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he [loves,] as a father the son in whom he delights.
And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,and chastises every son whom he receives.”
Beloved, my point is to show you that without a shadow of a doubt, “God is your Father.” He loves and adores you more than you can imagine, and just as any biological father reprimands his child, God the Father chastises us the same. Doing so with a pure and innate understanding of who we are, and what we need to flourish as a human being.
Scripture teaches us that our Father knows everything about us intimately. So much so, He knows the exact number of hairs on your head.
God knows you from the inside and out.
Before I formed you I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
Is everyone a Prophet? No, but some are, and in the days we face, essential to hearing what the Lord is conveying. Still, all of creation is known by our Father long before the foundation of the earth.
The Lord desires to see you rise in His righteousness and not your own. To be your best, in Him and for Him. He created you to shine!
Today earth is suffering. Many have targeted God for the chaos we see when the godless place blame falls on satan and his children.
The devil is a liar.
John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
The Bible says in Zechariah 4:10, Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”
There is coming in the upcoming days, and if we do the right things, in faith according to God’s will, Our Father will give you back all that the devil stole from you.
Remember, past the pain comes reward through faith in Jesus Christ, and in the pressing is where the oil secretes the power needed to fulfill the Lord’s plans for the earth.
We long to give love, and share love—to be loved.
The Father’s Love And Discipline are both a blessing and an honor to receive. Do not complain but marvel in His presence.
God Bless You,
Christine’s Cornerstone Ministries