Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
"Whom Jehovah loves he disciplines; in fact, he scourges everyone whom he receives as a son." (Hebrews 12:6)
Paul wrote that "love is . . . kind" (1 Corinthians 13:4) Parents who are truly kind will discipline their children in a consistent manner. By doing so, they imitate Jehovah. Please note that the type of discipline referred to in the Bible does not simply mean punishment. It carries the idea of training and education. What is the purpose of such discipline? "To those who have been trained by it," Paul states, "it yields peaceable fruit, namely, righteousness." (Hebrews 12:11) When parents kindly educate their children according to God's will, they give them the opportunity to become peaceable, upright adults. If children accept "the discipline of Jehovah," they gain wisdom, knowledge, and discernment-assets more valuable than silver or gold. (Proverbs 3:11-18) On the other hand, it is not a kindness when parents fail to discipline their children.
(Watchtower issue: 09/01/07, 1:7, 8)