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Pleasant Words

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Most discipline issues appear to come at inconvenient times. The truth is that it is never the wrong time to teach your children about their need of Christ. Really! This is the point of all discipline.

This is why you want to be use words with restraint and with an even-temper. You don’t want to say anything that distracts from the main message of Christ by using worn out phrases such as these:

How many times have I told you not to…

When will you ever learn…

Enough is enough…

Can’t you see that I’m busy…

How old are you…

It never ends…

Who did it…

Why can’t you just…

Now you’ve done it…

If you would just obey…

This makes God unhappy…

That’s it…

These responses are not really thought out — they flow from frustration. They roll off your tongue without thinking. They are words that are best not spoken. Rather, it is good to speak words that encourage your children to trust Christ. Instead of the above phrases, focus on pointing to Christ. Try using words like these:

[Read the rest of the article at Shepherd Press.]

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