Here is a story of two farmers. Each had four sons, and the father in each scenario was honest and upright. One farmer would make his sons work the fields daily, while the other farmer felt he loved his sons so much he didn't want them to have to work hard like him. The first farmer was a fair dad to his boys, but when they got in trouble, he disciplined them sharply, because he said he loved them. He wanted them to learn that doing bad, held consequences, and doing good would get rewards. He praised them for the work they did, even though they grumbled often that they didn't believe they were getting anything out of the family, and they hated the work. The other farmer wanted to be like a pal to his boys, and because he too, loved his boys, never took a switch to them, not wanting to discipline that way. When they got in trouble, he would have them go to their rooms for a while. As the families grew, the boys of the farmer who disciplined learned and believed that the consequences of being disobedient were not worth it, and they started spending their time trying to be as obedient as possible. They became honorable men, even if they thought at the time of discipline they were being treated bad. The other farmer, lost touch with his boys, but heard they were always in trouble. The only time they called was when they wanted to be bailed out of jail. And of course the farmer had to do it, after all he loved his boys.Those boys grew up not knowing right from wrong, and felt that society owed them, because they usually took what they wanted. After all, that was their behavior all their lives: "And You have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons: My son, do not take the Lord's discipline lightly or faint when you are reproved by Him, for the Lord disciplines the one He loves and punishes every son He receives. Endure suffering as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons." Hebrews 12:5-7 Just Saying!
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your discipline. Though it seems harsh at times, I have come to realize that it is totally out of love that I am disciplined. Help me be a father who loves enough to discipline, to set my children straight before You. Help me to show love above all, even through discipline. Father, would you touch some special people today: Brittany, Christian, Bobbi, Bill, Sidney, Teresa, Carolyn, Cynthia, Loren, Barbara, Jackie Ann, Mike, Pam, Speros, BJ, Ida, Mike S. Lord, I lift up the church, so that all may see Your glory, even through times of discipline. I pray for Rheba, Peggy, Ada, Harriet, and all those who suffer the effects of age. May we seek Your comfort I pray in Jesus name.