“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A Harvest Of Righteousness And Peace

...but he who sows righteousness
a sure reward.
Proverbs 11:18b NIV

I'm suffering the consequences.

Christopher was disrespectful today and I am paying the price. So is he. So is Anthony. We were supposed to do something fun together as a family, but the line had to be drawn. Somewhere.

And I hate it. I hate administering discipline. Christopher has been trying to emotionally manipulate me to get me to change my mind. It almost worked. Almost.

He's a great kid. The offense to some would seem minor. But that's Christopher. Delayed obedience, skirting the issue, quietly pushing the envelope. Nothing outright. And so we slide into this parental passivity.

But Anthony said, "I don't want to have a son who doesn't listen to his father."

As Christopher learns to respect his earthly father. To listen. To be obedient. He is being prepared for the greater good. Respecting his heavenly Father. Listening to his heavenly Father. Obeying his heavenly Father.

And although I hate administering discipline... I hate to think of the consequences if I don't...

And you have forgotten that
word of encouragement
that addresses you as sons:
"My son, do not make light
of the Lord's discipline,
and do not lose heart
when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines
those he loves,
and he punishes
everyone he accepts as a son."

Endure hardship as discipline;
God is treating you as sons.

For what son is not disciplined
by his father?

If you are not disciplined
(and everyone undergoes discipline),
then you are illegitimate children
and not true sons.

Moreover, we have all had human fathers
who disciplined us and
we respected them for it.

How much more should we
submit to the Father
of our spirits and live!

Our fathers disciplined us
for a little while
as they thought best;
but God disciplines us for our good,
that we may share in his holiness.
No discipline seems pleasant
at the time, but painful.

Later on, however,
it produces a harvest
of righteousness and peace

for those who have been trained by it.

Hebrews 12:5-11 NIV


Tammy said...

I know exactly what you mean. IT is hard to dicipline but we must train up our children. Have a great day


a portland granny said...

Being consistent is one of the hardest parts of parenting I think. Good for the two of you in sticking to your guns and following through with consequences. We need more parents doing this in today's world.

However...that boy has the face of an angel and I'm sure your mother's heart softens every time you look at his precious face!!

Patti said...

Good for you for loving Christopher enough to discipline him. I watch enough Supernanny to know that this is what is best! :) Love the scriptural references too, encouraging as a parent myself. Of course, Emersyn will NEVER be naughty. :) :) Hee hee.....

Anonymous said...

Hardest job we'll ever love!!!!

Tamra said...

Wow! I think you just described my son too. Especially the delayed obedience. I was just talking to Ethan the other day about this and I told him that delayed obedience is DISobedience. I heard that somewhere and it stuck with me. It's a tough job!

Deborah said...

Doesn't it sometimes seem that when we punish our kids, we are actually punishing ourselves too. We each learn lessons too. But that repentative heart is so sweet...the smiplest "Sorry, Mom" does so much healing. Can you imagine how much God longs for us to say that to Him?

bp said...

I agree that consistency is so difficult in parenting.