June 14th, 2016
God Commands Parents to Discipline Their Children
The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. (Proverbs 29:15 KJV)
The world always has ideas about correction and discipline. However, it is backward from that which God has commanded parents to administer to their children.
The world’s idea for disciplining a child frequently relies upon using soft spoken words and issuing “time outs,” or even no correcting whatsoever, allowing young children to run roughshod over their parents, and in time, society at large.
God’s reproof stands in direct opposition to the soft ways of chastening often found at work in this world. Disciplining God’s way requires parents to be overtly and actively involved in the correction process. A child sent off by himself to think about what he has done will never bring about lasting modification of his or her behavior.
A child left to himself brings shame or disgrace to his family; especially for the mother, who by biblical illustration (2 Timothy 1:5) is to spend valuable time with him or her in the molding and shaping years of a child’s youth to develop a lasting spiritual heritage in the heart.
God expects parents, both the mother and the father, to be actively involved in the correction and maturing process. God models a hands on approach in love and humbleness which imparts discipline through both words and biblically based corporal punishment. God’s Word supports the use of a paddle in the breaking the will of a child to bring about a healthy spiritual respect for rules and for those in authority over them.
Healthy biblically based punishment and chastising, as well as many blessings and rewards, mold a child into a well behaved, balanced, and functioning mature adult who can bring God honor and glory as he sojourns in this world.