PAIN–LONG TERM LOVE – Have you ever thought about why natural childbirth became so popular? Moms were willing to endure pain for a greater purpose. What was the purpose? It was for the long term well-being of her offspring. After childbirth parents then allow their cute little bundles of joy to go through pain; as they have them circumcised, inoculated, or perhaps have a tooth filled. Parents didn’t allow this pain because they hated their kids; but, because they loved them.
So, why then when kids become older are parents so afraid to allow their kids to be discomforted for a greater good when it comes to discipline? Could it be that parents put more value on their children’s physical comfort than on the health and destiny of their souls? Jesus seemed to indicate; however, that if we would first focus on our souls – the needs of the body will have already been met.