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Discipline of Love!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Pastor Cecil Thompson
Cecil Thompson

Proverbs 3:11-12

"My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline and do not resent His rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those He loves, as a father the son He delights in."

My parents did not go along with the modern day child rearing philosophy. They held rigidly to the theory as introduced by Samuel Butler back in 1662: "Spare the rod and spoil the child." Though they had never read any of his writings on the subject, they believed in it wholeheartedly.

I did not consider myself to be an abused child even though there were times when it was much easier to stand than to try sitting on my "seat of discipline"—if you get my drift. Let's face it—my bottom was too sore from the spanking. Did the discipline mean that they did not love me? Not on your life! They loved me enough to not allow me to continue an action that was wrong.

When I was a Juvenile Probation officer I remember being called to take home a 15-year-old girl that had been arrested. Joyce and I met the police and placed her in the back seat of our car. As we drove her home, I mentioned that her dad would no doubt discipline her for her actions. She stunned us with this statement: "My dad doesn't love me enough to discipline me!"

Sometimes God brings His judgment upon those who violate His commands. Does that mean that He does not love us? Not on your life! As a matter of fact, it is proof that He loves us enough to discipline us.

Do you feel that God has taken you to His "woodshed" for some behavior modification? If so, it is because He loves you and is not willing to allow you to continue walking down the wrong path. His discipline is proof of His love!

Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!

- - - Pastor Cecil


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