Dealing out Discipline
by PamFord Davis
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It’s not a bad idea.

Instead, it’s correction for bad behavior.

My Mom and Dad used a fly swatter to correct me. I also remember Mom breaking small limbs off a tree in our yard. The switch was small but effective. In my teenage years, they started to use the grounding discipline method. Discipline is used to develop good character in growing children.

As Christ followers, we are God’s children; His sons and daughters.

“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 with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 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 (Hebrews 12:6-11 NASB).”

Wing His Words
Pam Ford Davis