"Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall" (1 Corinthians 10:12).

Do you find disciplining your homeschooler difficult? I did for several different reasons. First, I hated being the policeman and the temporary conflict it caused when teaching my children. Being esteemed as their hero with all the answers was much more fun. Second, administering fair justice for the offense wasn't always easy to determine. Many times, what appeared to be misbehavior in one child was actually caused by the deliberate aggravation by another child. Most of all, I found disciplining my children difficult because I knew my own failings to meet God's righteous standards. More often than not, I usually found myself committing a similar offense within a few days of disciplining them for the very same thing.

The Bible tells us, "There is none righteous, no, not one" (Romans 3:10b). Everyone has sinned and turned to his own way in one thing or another. Whether it's lies, cursing, or bitterness, we all have feet that are quick to run to evil. Christ says that even thinking about such deeds is the same as committing the acts of sin (Matthew 5:28). Therefore, we must learn to deal gently and mercifully with other believers when they sin. In Christian love, we must hold a balance of loving forgiveness and accountability that takes into account our own sinful nature.

If your patience has run thin and you find yourself disciplining your homeschooler too severely, remember God's patient forgiveness toward you. He is the One who is able to give you the wisdom you need to give your child the right training in righteousness. "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted" (Galatians 6:1).

Heavenly Father, help me to see the faults in me just as easily as I see them in my children. Show me how to lovingly correct their errors and teach them of Your forgiveness and unconditional love. In the name of Jesus, Amen.