Daily Hope with Rick Warren – Punishment and Discipline: There Is a Difference

Punishment and Discipline: There Is a Difference
by Rick Warren

“Correct your children while there is still hope; do not let them destroy themselves.” (Proverbs 19:18 NCV)

If you love somebody, you’re going to care enough to correct that person. Hebrews 10:6 says, “The Lord corrects the people he loves and disciplines those he calls his own” (CEV).

There are no perfect children. They need discipline, accountability, and training. Just as God disciplines us because he loves us, we should do the same for our children.

If you are a believer, God does not punish you, because all your sin was paid for on the cross. God doesn’t have to punish you, because Jesus took that punishment. God does not punish Christians for their sins.

But he does discipline them. There’s a big difference between punishment and sin.

The purpose of punishment is to inflict penalty. The purpose of discipline is to promote growth.

The focus of punishment is on the past — what you’ve done wrong. The focus of discipline is on the future — what you can be.

The attitude behind punishment is anger. The attitude behind discipline is love.

God doesn’t want you to punish your kids. He wants you to discipline them. In fact, when you correct in anger, it always producers one thing: resentment. What God says to do is to correct while looking toward the future, making sure the mistake won’t be repeated. Focusing on the future is redemptive, not destructive.

The Bible says in Proverbs 19:18, “Correct your children while there is still hope; do not let them destroy themselves” (NCV). You are setting your kids up for failure if you don’t correct them.

 

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3 Responses to Daily Hope with Rick Warren – Punishment and Discipline: There Is a Difference

  1. Lord God,
    I believe that disciple is part of love. Guide me as I fulfill my part in the life of my child. I know that all that is happening to me, it my discipline – from You… because of Your great love for me. Like the love that I feel for my child, I am amazed at the love that You have for me.
    Father, I open my heart to You as I journey through each day of my life. Be with me every second of every day. Be with me and my child. Guide me, enlighten me and show me the road that I need to take.
    I offer all to You Father, every breath, every word, every thought… be with me and my child. Come into our lives… we welcome You and ask You to stay with us for all time. In Jesus name I pray… Amen

  2. My Struggles, His Story says:

    Always remember, God’s discipline always stems from Love and Acceptance. That is it’s very root. When we rest in His Love and Acceptance, discipline is nothing more than teaching, as it is with our earthly Children that He has put in our care. If they are resting in your Love and Acceptance, “discipline” will never require anything more than teaching. Don’t focus in on the moment, focus in on the teaching of a lifetime, and let the moments go. The moments are only to provide insight into where we need to focus our teachings in their lifetime. Just like us with God, if we aren’t resting in His Love and Acceptance, we are blind and deaf to His teaching, as are our children.

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