One of the more interesting fields of study in parenting today is around the issue of discipline. How do we set rules for our children? How do we hold our children accountable when they break the rules?
Erin loves to send me the latest articles on discipline. Some experts argue that timeouts are harmful. Most experts argue that spanking is harmful. Some experts argue that we should avoid punishment all together and focus on positive reinforcement. As helpful as these articles are, sometimes the theory doesn’t always match the practicality of the situation.
Do we need rules? Do we need to be held accountable when we break these rules? The writer of Proverbs challenges us to see that rules are important. Rules are there to protect us and to help us love one another. When rules do not follow these guidelines, then we need to re-evaluate the rule.
Think back on your childhood and all those rules you had. Did you appreciate those rules then? Do you appreciate those rules now? Depends on the rule, I guess.
God gives us rules. God is gracious and loving. When we fail to follow these rules, we are held accountable, but from a God who also shows us grace through Christ Jesus.
Gracious God, help us follow the rules that you give us. Amen. — WHB