What is the relationship between suffering, discipline, and hope?
Consider this perspective.
Sadly America leads the world in teen suicide. Kids attempt it saying they have no hope. Romans 5:3-4 says, “Suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character, and character hope.” Bearing in mind that suffering is a part of discipline, Proverbs 19:18 says, “Discipline your son, for in that there is hope. Do not be a willing party to his death.”
If we refuse to allow our kids the short-term suffering of discipline, then they will never achieve the endurance that leads to character that leads to hope. Don’t be a willing party to your child’s death. Discipline your child, for in that there is hope. And hope does not disappoint.
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