Topic: Discipline

“The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.”-Proverbs 29:15

In this part of the world and when we talk about discipline, people liken it to beating or punishing a child. Discipline does not entail inflicting pain on a child but imbibing the right precepts, character and moral behaviour in a child; ensuring that he/she follows suit.

Discipline is important because today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders. If they are properly nurtured in the fear of the Lord, there will be peace and tranquillity in the society tomorrow. The peace you seek at old age and the honour you desire as a parent lies in how well you discipline your child(ren) today. Children without disciple are susceptible to destruction and can bring shame to their parents, especially the mothers.

Eli showed laxity in disciplining his children and as a result, his family was cut off from the priesthood of Israel, he lost his sons in one day thereby also costing him his life. The whole nation as a result, encountered great loss (1 Samuel 4:1-11). What a price to pay for indiscipline!

In disciplining your children therefore, the place of the rod which represents the Word of God, and going fervently on your knees in prayer is required. Do not turn your eyes to their errors, because prompt correction is very vital. However, you should correct them without nagging. Also, the tool of love and control should be used.

You should discipline the child in love and this will give you control over that child. This can be expressed in words and deeds. Children usually learn from what they see, so your attitude and what you do around them should inculcate in them the right culture. You will not lose your children to evil in the name of Jesus!

Remain  blessed!

Pastor Faith Abiola Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.

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