February 27th, 2018
A Rod and Reproof Are Necessary
Proverbs 29:15 (KJB) The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
I am sure this statement is nothing new, especially to those who are struggling parents of teenagers:
Children always pride themselves on whittling away at the resolve of their parents.
Yes, a child will whittle, and whittle, and whittle away at their parent(s) resolve with a dogged determination until a, or both parents are positioned to be willing to give in to their demands rather than to stand spiritually tall and loving them with a purpose of correcting and maturing them as God directs.
They will say:
I must do …
I, I, I, me, me, me
Drama after drama, excuse after excuse and reason after reason are hailed like verbal assaults for battering against the ears of their tired parents until a child is eventually corrected or allowed to further coerce the situation at hand. Sadly, today many parents are just too busy and worn out. It is often an easier route to just give in to the demands of their children rather than standing firm against their brand of stressing antics, and to put them in their proper place.
The best manual for successfully raising children is found in the pages of God’s Word.
Every child, whether he be natural born or newborn in Christ needs and desires correction and direction from his or her parents. Just like God the Father corrects His own spiritual children, a parent must both train and correct his child. Doing so biblically is a sure sign of love and respect for them and for things of God.