“because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in” (Proverbs 3:12 NIV).
A loving parent disciplines their children when discipline is needed.
A neglectful parent, allows their children to do whatever they want to do, whenever they want to do it.
Society is plagued with the outcome of neglectful parenting–people doing whatever they want to do, without guidance or direction, and certainly no evidence of any discipline in their lives. The evidence of neglectful parenting is in the number of inmates serving time, in the number of young people being shot and killed and those who treat senior citizens with total disdain and disrespect. The evidence is in the parents who scream and cry with their children are killed because they are in the wrong place, doing the wrong things. The evidence is those who think they have a right to say what God has said is wrong and they are right. The evidence is in those who end up with diseases which lead to death because of their conduct. The evidence of neglectful parenting abounds in the news on a regular basis and it is not always about young people, but about the older people who were never disciplined as children.
God loves us and when we are wrong–He corrects, disciplines us–and keeps loving us. When God chastens us for doing those things we should not do, we should love Him enough to understand–He allows things to happen because of our disobedience, but He never stops loving us.
Now is the time–for all of us to see and understand the benefits of having a loving parent in our lives–God is a loving Father and wants only the best for His children. We need to stop rebelling against God, receive His correction, and enjoy His many benefits.
Why are we waiting?
Father, in the name of Jesus, help us to see that what happens in our lives has a direct correlation to our relationship with You. Mold our hearts so we can hear and obey, receiving correction in the spirit You give it–with love.