Disciplining Children: Why Discipline is Necessary

The question I get asked the most about raising children has to do with discipline.  Parents almost always desire some guidelines for disciplining their children.  Should you discipline your children?  How should you discipline your children?  When should you discipline your children?  And the list goes on… 

Let me being by sharing four reasons why discipline is necessary.

Children are naturally disobedient.

Proverbs 29:15bsays, “But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.”  All human beings are born into sin.  Children have a sinful nature, which becomes more and more evident as they grow older.  Left to their own devices and without discipline, they will bring shame to their mother.

Children are naturally foolish.

Proverbs 22:15 declares, “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child…”  Children tend to make foolish decisions.  Discipline will help them make better decisions.  Without some form of discipline, they will grow into adults who will tend to make foolish decisions.

Children are naturally wrathful.

According to Ephesians 2:3b, “we… were by nature children of wrath.”  Children are given to anger and destructive behavior if they are not corrected.  This type of behavior is evident from an extremely early age.

Children are naturally estranged from God.

The Psalmist wrote 58:3 “The wicked are estranged from the womb; these who speak lies go astray from birth” and “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.”  Psalm 58:3 and Psalm 51:5. 

Anyone and everyone who is estranged from God will need discipline in their lives.  Children are no different.  In fact, discipline properly applied will lead to repentance from a particular behavior.  Learning about repentance will train up a child in the way they should go.  Eventually, repentance from sin is necessary for salvation. 

For the next several Thursdays, this blog will be devoted to the subject of disciplining children.  Hopefully, it will help parents with an area that is particularly challenging and vital. 

And it is something to think about…