1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the LORD.” 2 Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the LORD. 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the LORD respected Abel and his offering, 5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. Genesis 4: 1 – 4 NKJV
Discipline is a challenging thing to administer and receive. As hopeful future parents, my husband and I have discussed how we will discipline our children and the importance of both sharing that duty and being consistent. We know that it will not be fun, but acknowledge that it is a necessary part of molding our children into faithful, compassionate, and respectful adults. The most challenging part will likely be helping them to understand why discipline is a good thing and that they should learn from it.
God disciplines us when we fall away from his will for us. When this happens, we have two choices: we can get angry and continue to sin, or we can be humble and embrace his redirection. The former will lead to future discipline in the same areas, whereas the latter will lead to green pastures and becoming right with God.
How do you respond to God’s discipline?