|“Let God’s Promises shine on your problems.” –Corrie ten Boom——://///
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“For the Lord disciplines him whom he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” Hebrews 12:6
When it comes time to discipline your children, you must purpose to use God’s standards rather than your own. Following your rules rather than those laid out by God in Scripture implies that you have better insight than He in how to correct and instill proper behavior in your children, and this in tum will lead you into much pain and grief. For example, a man told me that his son was in rebellion, breaking the commandments of God. When asked if he planned on using the standards of Scripture, he said, “I can’t; he is my son.” Now I do not believe this, nor does he. Supposing the son started hitting his mother, stealing all valuables from the home and selling them, starting a fire in the middle of the living room floor? At some point the parent will have to bring a halt to such behavior. The only question is, will he use the standards of God, or gauge it by his own tolerance for pain.
If you elect the latter in your confrontation of wrongdoing, you will probably establish extra-biblical rules while tolerating the breaking of God’s rules. And you will be unfair with the one you are disciplining. I saw a parent tell his child not to get drunk. The child violated the command again and again. Finally the parent expelled him from the home. The problem rested with the parent: should the child respond the first time the parent speaks, or the third, or fifth? How does the child know? If the child knew in advance that the parent would execute biblical discipline, the situation may never have gotten to place where the child was asked to leave.382
Discipline is an essential part of relationships, and one of the highest expressions of love. Covenant with God that you will use only His standards when disciplining.
382 Cf. I Corinthians 5
Jeremiah 15-17 2 Timothy 2 (New King James Version)
2 Timothy 2
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Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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