What discipline can teach and train us to become?

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Ever been disciplined? Were you able to learn or take something positive out of it? Do you realize that even though at the moment it isn’t pleasure, discipline can teach us many things, such as self-control, responsibility, and accountability? How about that it can also help us develop good habits and routines that lead to success in various aspects of life. Ever had it can strengthen relationships with others and help us become better communicators?

Ever considered how discipline can impact your parenting?

In the context of parenting, positive discipline approaches work because they teach children how to behave in a way that is respectful and responsiblePositive parenting helps children’s brains mature and learn how to deal with stress in a healthy wayBuilding trust with your child, showing respect, and teaching your child how to behave are some of the building blocks for positive parenting and discipline.

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Have you ever been disciplined by your parents, or perhaps at work? Furthermore, have you ever felt as though you were disciplined by a higher power, like God? If so, what valuable lessons did these experiences impart, and how did they shape you? Did they serve as preparation for challenges that appeared later in your life? Can you recall how, despite the discomfort of the moment, the long-term benefits became apparent?

No discipline seems pleasant 
at the time, but painful.
Later on, however, it produces a  harvest of righteousness 
and peace for those who have 
been trained by it.

Today’s Verse of the Day:

For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems sad and painful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness [right standing with God and a lifestyle and attitude that seeks conformity to God’s will and purpose].

Hebrews 12:11 AMP

Let’s aspire to be the kind of dads who turn to God, placing our trust in Him to guide us back onto the right path. Moreover, let’s strive to be the fathers who seek divine wisdom on how and when to administer discipline, ensuring it comes from a place of genuine love and a righteous purpose. This way, the discipline we impart will ultimately yield a bountiful harvest of righteousness and peace.

Furthermore, let’s also be the dads who willingly accept the discipline that God provides, just as we are called to consider it pure joy when facing trials of various kinds. For we understand that this discipline, though challenging in the moment, will, in the long run, lead to the development of righteousness and lasting peace within ourselves.

How can we be the dads God calls us to be and meet the needs of our wives using today’s verse of the day? How can we apply it in a way that produces the benefits God has purposed and planned for discipline to create?

Applications of discipline from Hebrews 12:11 towards being the dads our wives and kids need us to be:

  • Lead by Example: Demonstrate the discipline and growth that Hebrews 12:11 speaks of, becoming a model for your family.
  • Positive Reinforcement: Encourage and affirm your wife and children in their own journeys of growth and discipline.
  • Consistent Love: Maintain a balance of discipline and love, ensuring your actions are rooted in love and concern for their well-being.
  • Teach Perseverance: Help your family understand that discipline can be challenging, but it leads to long-term benefits, teaching them to persevere through difficulties.
  • Open Communication: Foster an environment where your family can openly discuss challenges and growth, mirroring the idea of confession and sharing in the verse.
  • Set Goals: Establish family goals and objectives, emphasizing the importance of discipline in achieving these goals.
  • Patience: Recognize that personal growth and transformation take time, and be patient with your spouse and children as they work towards positive change.
  • Encourage Spiritual Growth: Apply this verse not only to personal growth but also to the spiritual development of your family.
  • Use Scripture: Regularly incorporate relevant Bible verses and teachings into your family discussions to guide them in the path of discipline and righteousness.
  • Reflect God’s Discipline: Model God’s discipline as described in Hebrews 12:11, focusing on helping your family understand that discipline, when done right, leads to a fruitful and peaceful life.

How to apply and engage your family following Hebrews 12:11:

By applying these principles and engaging with your family in a thoughtful and loving manner, you can work towards being the father and husband that aligns with the verse’s message and fosters growth and well-being in your family.

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