Did you know that to punish or discipline doesn’t mean to hit someone? In the Bible to «punish» means to «reprimand, counsel, warn, and correct something that is wrong.»
And who usually reprimands and corrects us? It is normally done by parents, a close relative, teachers in school
Although sometimes you know you deserve it because you have misbehaved, it’s very hard to accept discipline, isn’t it? You probably think it is too much to have your cell phone taken away from you, not be allowed to go and play with a friend, or be left without recess at school.
Some adults believe children shouldn’t be punished; others punish with violence; however, others believe that it is necessary to punish, but with love and kindness.
Many times your parents reprimand or punish you because they love you and want to correct your mistakes so you will be happier and bring happiness to those around you.
When there are weeds in a garden, gardeners pull them out so they won’t grow and the garden will look clean and neat. Likewise, those who love us try to «pull out» those defects that could prevent our lives from being clean and neat. So next time someone punishes or corrects you, don’t get mad! Think, acknowledge your mistake, and remember they care about you, love you, and want to help you.
Our parents reprimand us because they love us, and because they obey what the Bible says. God wants us to be better every day; that’s why He says that He disciplines those He loves.
Draw a cartoon strip in your Prayer Journal about the meaning of the word «discipline» according to the Bible.