Through a Child's Eyes

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 Posted by Angie

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No kid enjoys the discipline process, yet there are studies that show that children of all ages actually appreciate boundaries. Those who grow up in homes where there are no set rules, who are given too much responsibility for their own actions at an early age, are wreckless, insecure and will often act out in disobedience as a cry for attention.

Discipline through a child’s eyes sometimes looks like you’re just being mean. Perhaps they even think that you’re just trying to keep them from having fun. They probably don’t stop and examine the love behind your actions brought on by a desire to keep them safe and produce good character. That’s part of the job of being a parent, to point out your reasoning behind the discipline being handed out. God is no different, as our Heavenly Father. He’s set boundaries for us to keep us safe and build godly character. It’s an act of love when He convicts our heart in areas where we need to repent. True conviction of the Holy Spirit should actually make you feel relieved and refreshed.
The Bible says in Hebrews 12:5-6 - “….My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."  
This is discipline from God’s perspective. He’s called us His children and He loves us enough to bring correction. So let’s get real with God and with ourselves, stop running from His gentle rebuke.

We can’t look at the Lord’s discipline through the eyes of a child who has no understanding of such things…but as a child of God who knows He is looking out for our best interest.

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