For some reason, I don’t remember the specifics about the first time I disciplined my firstborn. I only remember hating it.
I’m sure I’m not the only parent who felt that way. Disciplining a child – giving them a stern lecture, taking away their favorite toy, or putting them in timeout, all while they cry – is never fun.
It is, though, bound up in love. As parents we discipline our children because we want a peaceful home, yes, but also because we want them to learn to obey higher authority, and ultimately to obey God (Hebrews 12:5-9).
To fail to discipline is to fail to love. A child without discipline is a child possibly on the path to failure, to lifelong rebellion.