“My father does not love me or he would not be severe with me,” a boy says. Then he points to another boy whose father let’s his son do as as he pleases, and never restraints nor corrects him. “That father loves his don and is always kind to him,” says the boy.
So it may seem just at the time. But to be left without discipline, to have no corrections, no chastening, no restraining or withholding, is no proof of love. A father who does this to his son or ward, all in a bid to please him, is allowing him head to destruction unhindered. The one who corrects and chastens is intent on saving his son. I’m not encouraging spanking till you bruise or injure your son, rather reprimand them when they do something wrong and while at it, show them love. Let them know they are loved and can be better.
Chastening is, therefore, a proof of love. God chastens us because he loves us, and wants to make something meaningful out of us. It should be a comfort to us to know, that when we have trials, afflictions or even temptations, that instead of being of being a proof that God doesn’t love us, it is just the reverse.. It should remind us of our heavenly father’s tender affection and deep interest in us.
Have a blessed day! ❤️