Discipline is an expression of love. In Hebrews chapter 12 we read, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” Why does God discipline us? Because He loves us. He wants to turn us from a pathway of destruction.
If you are a parent, you also are to discipline your children for the same reason. Your child will break the rules. Kindly, firmly, and consistently you must administer discipline. When you do, your child will learn to live under authority. When your child respects your authority, they are more likely to come to respect God’s authority. What could be more important?