The idea of loving correction is a consistent message throughout the Scriptures. God portrays Himself to us as a loving parent, a father who wants to protect and provide the very best for His children. The Scriptures make it clear that divine discipline is not an expression of punishment or vengeance. It is the loving Father correcting our wrong behavior so that we can live wisely with and for Him.
This is true as parents too. We discipline our children to show them right from wrong. This is meant as an expression of loving correction. An attempt to give our children the very best in life by teaching them acceptable behaviors and actions that will lead to a virtuous and prosperous future.
Too often today we hear about parents who do not want to be parents. They don’t want the disciplinarian role of parenting. By taking this route, they are withholding love from their child. Children need boundaries and correction. They need to be taught right from wrong. They need to know the concept of unconditional love. How do you teach these things without discipline?