“Now preparing for the third [visit], I’m saying it from a distance. If you haven’t changed your ways before I get there, watch out.” 2 Corinthians 13:2
I rather like the baseball method of disciplining children: Three strikes and you’re out! (of luck). Fathers play a game of discipline more like football–tackle the one running out of control and then start a new play. God, our Father, gives his children as many strikeouts and touchdowns as needed to keep you on his team.
Apostle Paul made two trips to Corinth, but didn’t see any improvement in the game plan for Christian behavior. God had qualified Paul to play hardball with the Corinthians and Paul told them, “… you will get more than you bargained for.” (vs 3) Paul didn’t name the consequences for disobedience. He didn’t need to. Instead, he reminded them of the force of Christ, made strong through his death on the cross.
Parents who don’t discipline their children, such as using the counting method 1…2…3… and sometimes 3 1/2…, either don’t care or don’t know how to get respect from their children. Or, perhaps they think they have nine innings to get them under control. Try that on a teenager….
Dear Father, thank you for not attaching baseball rules as a condition for receiving your abundant grace. Amen.