Punishment and forgiveness go hand in hand.
If you’re looking for well-adjusted kids, you’ll deal with them wisely and justly as Scripture declares in matters of discipline.
Forgive and Forget?
Don’t buy the popular notion that forgiveness somehow absolves kids of consequences or that isn’t a just component to the grander scheme of discipline for misdeeds.
In scripture, punishment in the course of forgiveness is a very real thing. Just read the story of David and Bathsheba. Yet we are absolved from eternal punishment by virtue of the cross. Psalm 99:8 says, “you are to Israel a forgiving God though you punished their misdeeds.”
That same concept is a wise lesson for parents lest we enable our kids to become what we don’t want them to become.
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