Archer and Arrows
The family is the object of God’s special concern. The family forms society. Without deliberate planning, it’s easy for other activities and systems to creep in and take superiority over our family.
Spiritual discipline can unite family members, continuing from one generation to the next, and give us a strong sense of stability, identity, and significance. Most important, they bring us closer to the Saviour and help us overcome trials and temptations.
Spiritual disciplines were practiced by Jesus and recommended for all believers in the Bible: study, prayer, fasting, confession, worship, forgiveness, rest, celebration, service, generosity, and disciple-making and more. Parents are disciple makers. Parents are archers shooting their children to a future target.
No discipline is a discipline. It’s a code of behaviour. Discipline based on emotions can be unproductive and depressive. The foundation of discipline you have and practice contributes to the atmosphere around you. Self-discipline enables us to make appropriate aims and goals. My desire is that parents examine their parental culture and theories, and consider a culture that is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16)
A parent should be a teachable. If Parenting is learning as we go, then we need a principle to stand on. Nothing can be achieved without discipline. The word discipline has been polluted to refer to hostile and abusive practice.
Discipline means to direct to acheive a prefered goal not punish. Our Lord Jesus directed His disciples to understand life from God perspective and to live dependant on God in order to be transformed to His likeness. He desires to direct and transform you. Discipline is the strength of your life.
This week resolve to be disciplined in patterns such as love. Love for yourself and for your neighbour?
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, alwaysperseveres. (1 Cor. 13:4-7)