by Pastor Wallie Padero
Proverbs 13:24 – “Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.”
Children are awesome! One of the best things that has happened to me is having my two kids. However, it is also one of the greatest challenges I have in my call as a father. Well, it’s all fun when they are just a year or two and all they can do is smile at you and say their first words of “ mami” and “dada”. But wait till they run and learn how to express themselves and you’ll know what I mean. When the time these little cute creatures are starting to take charge, as if they are the center of the universe.
As an inexperience dad, child discipline is mind boggling to me whether spanking is right or wrong. I have read a lot of books especially from American authors discouraging this kind of discipline for some psychological reasons but in the long run my child is more and more running wild and out of control. Now I ask the Lord, how can I please you on this Lord? Yes I want to discipline my child but not up to the extent that I would suppress and wound her soul. Well, God being the greatest Father in the universe led me to this verse saying that sparing the rod for my children is like hating them. It’s unloving for me as a father not to engage my child if I see something is broken in their character. True love could be diligently express through discipline. As what the bible says about love in 1 Corinthians 13:4, love does not rejoice on wrong doings or we can say love does not tolerate wrong doings. So, loving my children is shaping them to follow the right path to God.
Well it’s funny to think that the greatest Father in the universe apply this to all of us, His children and who am I to make my own style to raise-up my children? This brings me back to all the spanking and pain of the discipline of God all throughout my lifetime. As painful and difficult as it was but the fruit of it takes me to depths and heights of seeing more of Him who strengthens my heart to love and trust Him. I will never be me apart from God’s grace of discipline. And I desire for my children to experience the same grace and love.
So, in every discipline of God, I should learn from it and not be afraid to express the same to those that I love. I should hopeful in all of these because there’s good news. All people can be changed because someone died for this. Through Jesus Christ everyone have a hope to overcome every pain of His discipline and see the beauty of what He wants us to be.
God in heaven, may I welcome more of your discipline and be more loving to be part of what you are doing to these precious souls around me. Through your sweet Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.