Blog by Joel Pridmore
I had to have a very strong word with one of my children this week for putting themselves in a situation where they could really have hurt themselves. I was unusually firm and animated in order to help them understand the seriousness of the situation, but I think I also helped them to understand why I was doing so…
“Who am I to you?” I asked.
“My Dad” they said.
“So how does that means I feel about you?” I asked
“You love me” was the reply.
“So why did I have to speak to you like that?” I asked
“Because you care and don’t want me to get hurt.”
To be honest, I hadn’t expected them to answer those questions quite so swiftly but in the hugs that followed I hope they grew in their realisation that their dad’s love for them is just as real in the raised voice of a few moments earlier as in that embrace.
I was able to reflect over the following days just how much God loves us and how good it is that He disciplines those He loves. I could hear the echo in that conversation I had with my child as being one I might have with God, my heavenly Father!
“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” (Proverbs 3:11-12)