I recently spent a week with my granddaughter, Britt, and noticed how she handled disciplining and training her two-year-old daughter. Her first approach was to stoop down to Blake’s level and quietly say, “Should you be doing this? Is this how we act? This is not how we behave.” Continued misbehavior would bring stronger discipline, but often that first gentle question stopped the misbehavior (at least for a while).
The Bible clearly states that God disciplines us. That first means of discipline often comes as a quiet inward voice that whispers, “Should you be doing this? Is this how the children of God behave?” As children of God, we will face discipline, but examining our behavior when the Spirit first convicts, and responding in obedience, will often save us from more unpleasant discipline in the future.
“My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline, but don’t be crushed by it either. It’s the child he loves that he disciplines; the child he embraces, he also corrects. God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training, the normal experience of children.” (Hebrews 12:11 MSG)
Martha Hawn VanCise©2017 www.signpostsonhightrails.com