By Susan Solomon Yem
October 10, 2020
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1 Thessalonians 2:9-3:13
I have always had two prayers for my children: meet God at every turn and get caught. I ‘ve never wanted them to get away with anything. They probably have, but it is those times when they’ve been caught in the act that they’ve learned the greatest lessons. Now that they’re adults, they’re telling me all the things they did growing up that I had not been aware of. My response? If I didn’t know it then, I don’t need to know it now.
I was a strict – but loving – mom to my kids. There were rules, expectations, and consequences. But the discipline I applied was never intended as punishment. It was course correction and recalibration. Discipline is hard, but necessary, work. And when applied with a loving hand, it redeems a bad situation. (Oh, the memories flashing in my head right now!)
No matter how angry or sad or disappointed my kids make me feel, I never stop loving them. In fact, my love grows deeper. This realization transformed my spiritual life. No matter how angry, sad, or disappointed I make God, His love for me is only going to grow. And from that love, He disciplines me.
There were times when I’d be scolding my kids with tears streaming down my face. They may not have believed it, but when I said, “This is going to hurt me more than you,” or “I’m doing this for your own good,” it was true. I think it’s true of God, too. It hurts Him when He disciplines us, but it really is for our own good. Discipline is restoration. It’s refining, and while painful, it ultimately brings us closer to Him.
We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.
— 1 Thessalonians 2:4b
Prayer to start with: Lord, thank you for being a loving father who takes the time to discipline us and teach us lessons. Thank you for caring about my well being and bringing me closer to you. Amen.