Corrective Discipline

Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. You are good and do good; teach me your statutes. The insolent smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep your precepts; their heart is unfeeling like fat, but I delight in your law. It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes. Psalm 119:67-71

We can probably all remember a time when we were disciplined by our parents for a corrective purpose.

Two of my childhood friends, Michael and Wesley, were at the beach with their parents at a campground. They snuck off to the corner store, and somehow managed to buy two big cigars. Maybe these boys were 11 or 12 years old. They ducked around the corner, lit the cigars, and started puffing.

Michael and Wesley told me about this later.

They had just started puffing when Michael’s dad came around the corner. He didn’t yell or get noticeably angry. Instead, he said, “Smoke ‘em.”

He made both boys smoke those cigars until they were sick.

At the end of the time, Michael and Wesley weren’t interested in cigars anymore.

That’s corrective discipline.

God allows us to experience the consequence of our sin. We sin against God, and He disciplines us so that we won’t sin that way again.

Praise God today for His corrective discipline!

Have a great day and keep moving forward!