Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines discipline as
- to punish or penalize for the sake of obedience or perfecting moral character
- training that corrects, molds or perfects the mental faculties or moral character
As a child or the one being corrected, sometimes the punishment can seem harsh, to lose privileges like screen time, but the reason is to train and correct when it is done from a place of love and care. Discipline is important for everyone and can help in every aspect in life, from sports to school, from work to relationships with friends and family. Paul wrote a lot about discipline and obedience and there are many other passages in the Bible that show discipline out of love is beneficial in so many ways.
The word discipline comes from the Latin word discipulus, the word for student in Latin "pupil," which is also the base word for "disciple," the followers of Jesus in his lifetime. When someone disciples someone else, they are teaching and correcting to grow that person. This is the basis of a strong family fence too. Parents are instructed to teach and grow their children from a place of love and correction for the child's future benefit. And children are instructed to follow and obey for their own benefit. But this idea works whether you are the parent, child or just growing as a Christ-follower; everyone benefits from discipline.
Read the following passages with your parents this week. Discuss as openly as you can your ideas about concerning discipline and obedience. What did you learn from these passages and what insights do you gain from the adults in your life?