Discipline is the practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior. Almost all of us in our life will at some point be giving discipline.
He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.–Proverbs 13:24
Discipline is not a bad thing, in fact, it’s a very good thing. It is what causes us to change. In no way do promote beating your child. I personally am a firm believer in giving spankings, but there is a right time and a wrong time to do it, and a right and wrong way to do it. You have to be in control of your emotions.
Giving discipline does not only apply to children, but to everyone that we may be in charge of or mentoring. Nobody likes to discipline someone, or if they do, there probably needs to be some soul searching. But discipline is a necessary act at times to correct behavior. In fact, it’s an act of love, because we want to correct the other person’s behavior. Sometimes that person’s current behavior can be dangerous for themselves and needs to be changed.
When we have to give discipline we should always do it as quickly as we can to the event that needs to be corrected. It should be given when we are in control of our emotions. When discipline is given, it should always be explained why it is being given. There should be communication on what needs to happen for it not to happen again. Last, there should always be follow up.
We receive discipline from God because he loves us. It is no different than us correcting our children, subordinates at work, or ones we are disciplining. He wants to keep us from doing wrong, from going down the wrong path. We always look at when someone gets onto us, as them being mean, but in reality, it’s them loving us so that we don’t get hurt. God loves us and only wants the best for us, so if he’s disciplining us, it is to correct our behavior so that we become better. It is not for his enjoyment.