Friday, May 21, 2010


Pursuant to a recent conversation I had with some fellow fathers ...

I think there is a significant difference between "Never discipline out of anger" and "Never discipline when you're angry."



At 21 May, 2010 20:28, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suppose it boils down to one's interpretation of these two phrases. For example, in disciplining "out of anger" is the thought that the parent is angry at the child, and therefore is directing this anger toward him in the course of disciplining him? In such a situation the parent would most likely be operating in the flesh, under the influence of emotion, instead of acting in a godly, wise, appropriate fashion.
But for a parent to discipline "when" he was angry might be legitimate if the emotion has not so influenced the parent that he has stepped outside of his sanctification.

At 22 May, 2010 22:09, Blogger Strong Tower said...

Where there is no anger there is no sin. The Father scourges the sons because he is angry with their sins, not because he is happy with them or apathetic. It takes anger to express love correctly.

At 24 May, 2010 20:22, Blogger GUNNY said...

Running through my mind has been the admonition be angry and sin not (Eph 4:26).

The other thing about discipline is the timely nature of it. Sometimes it's necessary to administer discipline in the "heat of the moment." Parents must retain self-control, however.

The parent should still discipline for the right reasons, not just to vent his/her anger, but to think that there must be the absence of anger to ever discipline seems a requirement foreign to biblical instruction.

At 24 May, 2010 21:54, Blogger Strong Tower said...

The sooner the better... although, "Wait till your father gets home," works for some.

I am thinking work out your salvation with fear and trembling. There is no doubt we're going to sin, that's life. Or perhaps better, that's the new life.


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