“He who withholds his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently.” (Pr 13:24)
Raising godly, well-adjusted children to maturity requires diligence. If you don’t discipline your child – you hate them. You don’t care enough about them to give them the tools and the boundaries to become functioning adults. Kids without discipline become adults without discipline.
Inconsistent discipline may just be worse. Inconsistent discipline means that we only set the boundaries when it is convenient for us or when we become irritated enough to be prodded into giving our child attention. We love ourselves more than we love their future.
The godly answer is consistent discipline – diligent discipline. Parents that have a plan, consistent boundaries, goals for their child, and enough commitment to get up off the couch every time those boundaries need to be enforced.
A gentle, steady hand on the tiller is the only one that is truly loving.
Matt 4:4 #Biblebites