Ep. 20: Discipline Your Kids — For Their Good!

Time-outs? Spankings? “Positive Parenting?” Loss of privileges? What constitutes biblical “discipline?” Even self-described “Christian” sources can disagree on what godly parents should do to discipline their children. That’s why believers need to look to God’s Word for our understanding of biblical parenting.

Listen in as Jess talks with her friend Wendy about:

  • How God’s Word defines “discipline”
  • Biblical principles for parents in Hebrews 12
  • Understanding our roles and responsibilities

This episode’s Quick Mom Verse:

“…the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.” ~2 Chronicles 16:9a 

Central passage discussed– Hebrews 12:5-11:

 “have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

‘My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
    nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and chastises every son whom he receives.’

It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” ~Hebrews 12:5-11

Related Articles/Videos + Verses mentioned in this episode:

  • VIDEO: What Age Do We Start “Training” Our Kids to Obey? — Jess Connell
  • Colossians 3:21: “Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.”
  • Are You Ignoring Your “Mommy Radar?” — Jess Connell
  • Proverbs 29:17- “Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.”
  • Proverbs 19:18- “Discipline your son, for there is hope; do not set your heart on putting him to death.”
  • John 10:3-5- “The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
  • “gymnazo”— Greek word in the phrase “trained by it”– /gymnázō (“exert intensely, like a pro-athlete”) presumes full discipline, necessary to be in “top working condition” (full agility, skill, endurance). This is gained only from constant, rigorous training (exercise).  (gymnázō) conveys acquiring proficiency through practice – regular exercise with graduated resistance (the physical element is also included with the spiritual of being in “God’s gymnasium”).
  • 25 Things the Bible Says About Parenting — Jess Connell
  • 4 Questions to Help You Evaluate Parenting Advice — Jess Connell

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