1. Honorable and fair in one’s dealings and actions
2. Consistent with what is morally right; righteous
God has given me and my wife the wonderful task of raising four daughters. One of the most challenging things I experience as a parent is watching my children disobey and then having to play parent. It saddens me when I have to discipline one of my girls. Nothing melts a fathers heart quicker than big sad eyes that say – “Daddy, I love you… I’ll obey next time”. I know that as a God fearing father, it is my role as a parent to provide good sound biblical discipline when our children disobey. I don’t like it, they don’t like it, but it’s for their own good.
Wow – I sound like my parents!
The bible says it best:
In this all-out match against sin, others have suffered far worse than you, to say nothing of what Jesus went through–all that bloodshed! So don’t feel sorry for yourselves. Or have you forgotten how good parents treat children, and that God regards you as his children?
My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline,
but don’t be crushed by it either.
It’s the child he loves that he disciplines;
the child he embraces, he also corrects.
God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children. This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s training, the normal experience of children. Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. Would you prefer an irresponsible God? We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God’s training so we can truly live? While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them. But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best. At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God.