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Family Ministry Moment - Discipline and Grace


Family Ministry Moment - Discipline and Grace

What Should Grace and Discipline Look Like in a Christian Family?

You know the drill. You’ve told your child to clean his or her room a thousand times. Now you’ve had it.

You storm into their room, blow an emotional gasket and ground them until they are 20. That’s not you, though. You love your kid and you want to offer them grace. That’s biblical, right? Everyone needs it, even you. But somehow grace feels a bit like you’re getting away with something. When you’re the one that’s guilty, grace is what you hope for.

So, when should we discipline our kids, and when should we show them grace? 

The truth is, it’s not an either-or question: Grace and consequences go hand-in-hand. And we only have to look to Christ to see how.

Proverbs 3:11-12

New International Version (NIV)

“11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
    as a father the son he delights in.”


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