When teaching a group of missionaries’ children about our identity in Christ. I talked about God as our Father. I read to them the verses in Hebrews 12:5-11 NET Bible
"And have you forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as sons? ‘My son, do not scorn the Lord’s discipline or give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves and chastises every son he accepts. . .’
I talked about how God as creator is the expert about what is best for us. He says that for a parent to love their children well they must both train them in the ways that are right as well as discipline them when they go astray. Creator God says that it is unkind and unloving to let a child go untrained and undisciplined. I compared it to becoming a great athlete or musician. Without training and discipline there is no real success.
A 16-year-old, an accomplished athlete, with tear filled eyes asked, “You mean that my parents make me obey because they love me? I thought it was so I wouldn’t make them look bad to their supporters or contacts!”