PROVERBS DAY #13: DISCIPLINE YOUR CHILDREN
“He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.” (Prov. 13:24, NKJV).
“If you refuse to discipline your children, it proves you don’t love them; if you love your children, you will be prompt to discipline them.” (Prov. 13:24, nlt).
In addition to general wisdom dealing with all of our relationships in life, the Book of Proverbs also has much wisdom that applies to family relationships as well. There is wisdom for children, parents, husbands and wives, all designed to help us have a strong and healthy family. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize that the family is under attack today, and that our enemy the devil has launched an all-out attack against family. Marriages are failing. Children are wandering away from the Lord. All in an effort to destroy the God-ordained institution of the family. If we want our family to succeed, then we must turn to the wisdom in God’s Word to build our home.
In addition to writing the Proverbs, Solomon also wrote two of the Psalms that we have in the Bible. In Psalm 127, this wise king wrote:
“Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.”
Only a fool, or a very proud person, would think that he or she could have a strong healthy family without God’s wisdom! In the above Scripture, God gives us one of the important principles for parenting: Discipline. If you love your children, you will be prompt to discipline them. However, this seems to contrary to the modern philosophy of parenting that says, “Children should be free to discover the world around them without boundaries or limits. Don’t give them rules, or you will hinder them from growing and learning.” What a stupid thought! If we love our children, we are going to give them rules, to protect them from danger. A parent who tells their child, “Look both ways before you cross the street” knows that if a child doesn’t do this, they could be seriously hurt by oncoming traffic, or even killed. Therefore, if we love our children, and want the best for them, we will give them rules, and we will discipline them when they disobey, so that they can learn that there are consequences for negative behavior. Children – hear wisdom! “A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline; a young mocker refuses to listen.” (Prov. 13:1).
TODAY’S READING: PROVERBS CHAPTER THIRTEEN.
Pastor Chris Jordan