Reformed Grits

Discipline Verses
April 25, 2007, 3:29 pm
Filed under: Faith

Since I’m having to use them lately a LOT, I thought I’d share a couple verses that I like to use with my kids.  Frankly, I’m doing this so that you will share yours with ME too! 

If I have a kid with an "angry face" when I discipline them, I tend to go to Genesis 4:6,7 which says:

"Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry?  And why has your countenance fallen?  If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up;  and if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door: and its desire is for you, but you must master it.’"

I think those speak a bold warning for what bitterness will do.  Cain had just killed his brother.  How many times do WE do wrong and then get angry?  What’s that about?  Like we can get mad at the world be WE are the ones who screwed up, when in fact we must "master it."

For fighting, James 4:1

"What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you?  Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members?"

This tells us that fighting comes from selfishness.  We fight because we want our own way.  The solution to this is in Luke 22:36 (or many other verses for that matter.)

"… let him who is the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as the servant…"

Another good one for a child who likes to fight back is Proverbs 20:3:

"Keeping away from strife is an honor for a mon, but any fool will quarrel."

(Proverbs is absolutely FUUULLL of these verses!)

Do you have a kid who rejoices when their sibling gets busted?  Why not Proverbs 17:7:

"He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished."

What about a sneaky or deceptive child?

Mark 4:22 "For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that is should come to light."

Daniel 2:22 etc, various, "It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness… " and 28 "… There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries…"

I would love you to leave your great discipline verses in comments, please!  Heaven knows we need them at the Grits house!!!!!!!!!!!  If only I were better at "smearing them" all over my kids’ hearts! 


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We use Proverbs 6:16 alot!!!
(the Message says….)

There are 6 things God hates, and one more that he loathes with a passion…

eyes that are arrogant
a tongue that lies
hands that murder the innocent
a heart that hatches evil plots
feet that race down a wicked track
a mouth that lies under oath
a troublemaker in the family

That about covers most of the problems that arise. They were just really solemn when they realized God actually hated these things and that the troublemaker in the family was something that he “loathes with a passion”


Comment by Gayle

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you” Exodus 20:12 (I will admit that while I am saying this verse, I am thinking, “Honor your father and mother so that THEY WILL LET YOU live long in the land …” emphasis and change of words is mine.)

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! …For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.” Psalm 133:1 and 3b

That’s all I can think of right now. Hope it helps.

Comment by Kristi

Oh, thank you for all of these! I sure do need them. I need to be better at using actual verses. Too often I just say something like, “Jesus wants you to be KIND” or “no haughty eyes” or “God hates it when we lie” or “honor your father and mother” Wouldn’t it be better to keep the actual scripture at the ready all the time…

Comment by Meg

Yay! I can finally see the looks great!
As for verses, it sounds like everyone else has pretty much got it covered…the one that I seem to always be using is “Don’t repay evil for evil”…can’t remember where it’s found right at the moment, though. I am too lazy to look it up.

Comment by Gayle

The only one I have used on Brooke is Ephesians 6:1 and she just kinda looked at me like “Whatever Mommy!!!”

Comment by Andrea

Okay, I was just reading Ann V’s blog and she writes about this a bit here:

Here are some verses she mentions about seeking peace:
Psalm 34:14Turn away from evil and do good;seek peace and pursue it.
Romans 14:19So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
2 Timothy 2:22So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
1 Peter 3:11let him turn away from evil and do good;let him seek peace and pursue it.
Matthew 5:9″Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Comment by Meg

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