Skip to comments.PROFITING FROM PROVERBS - 3/23/2019
Posted on 03/23/2019 6:00:53 AM PDT by Pilgrim's Progress
Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell (Proverbs 23:13-14 KJV).
Every child needs correction from time to time. Society has unfortunately attempted to criminalize corporal punishment in the home, and we are reaping the results in ways unimaginable. Children, that once had a healthy respect for authority because of early discipline in the home are now challenging their teachers, the police, and their parents in a struggle for domination. Todays child is more interested in their rights, than they are of living right.
Most of us that have lived past the age of fifty or so can well recall what happened to us when we stepped out of line. Many an occasion found my dad reminding me just how much my whupping was going to hurt him more than me. It never worked to suggest then that we change places so it wouldnt hurt so muchand it usually ended up hurting a bit more than I anticipated. We look at where we are today and thank God for it. We would not have been the men and women we are today but that life lessons were engrained into us at a young age.
One thing that should be obvious, but those that hate God and His ways are quick to pounce on the Bibles harsh language and yell abuse! Some in ignorant zeal have crossed a line and have committed abusive acts upon their children on the basis of the Bible, but anyone with a modicum of common sense know that there are other issues in play regarding those that misuse Scripture in such a way. A good many of these folks are mentally challenged and are driven by rage and perhaps alcohol.
I have to admit that any time my parents allowed anger to get the best of them, it was due to my own actions. Often, my mom would smack with whatever she could reach at the time and looking back I realize that I completely deserved it.
God disciplines His children as well: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? (Hebrews 12:6-7 KJV).
Did you notice any word in the above verse that stands out? May I suggest it is the word love? We show our love for our children by applying the board of education to the seat of knowledge with the goal of directing our kids to the right ways. Proverbs reminds us that a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame (Proverbs 29:15).
Father, give us wisdom in this vital area of discipling our children. Remind us that it is for their good, and not some sinful release of anger on our part. Help us to love our children in a way that prevents them from becoming unlovely as they learn to challenge those which have been placed over them. Bless our homes, and our families. Amen.
Let’s read a chapter of Proverbs a day and see what God might have for us. As the Lord leads, share with us what God has shown you in a special way and by His grace let us build up a devotional repository. Let’s keep our knives and forks handy for some daily bread!
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Never has there been more said with such few words.... :(
It is very scary for those that do not have a blessed hope that Jesus Christ will one day remove them from this mess. Truly our nation is reaping the whirlwind.
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