September 26, 2015

Messy Family

Ephesians 6:1-4
Discipline, in many families, is a dreaded word and practice. With the word “discipline” comes connotations of punishment and dissension. In some families, discipline and punishment might as well be synonymous. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Ideally, the goal of discipline is self-discipline. That is what we do when no one is looking. In Ephesians 6, we find children are to obey and honor their parents, and parents are to train their children in the instruction of the Lord. When we are devoted and discipline ourselves and our children to these things, self-discipline will result.

What about you? How self-disciplined are you? Parents, are you consistently teaching your children to obey and honor you even when you’re not there? Discipline is hard work to be sure, but the proof is in what happens when no one is looking. Stop now and pray that the discipline you lovingly and thoughtfully administer will produce self-discipline in your child. Pray he or she will obey you, and ultimately God, when no one is looking.