"He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes"(Proverbs 13:24)
Today's Morsel: I often wonder when I see some kids' bad behavior if I was like that when I was a kid. I have heard so many parents say that they don't know what to do with their children when they act out. Discipline of children doesn't start when they are 3 or 4 years old, it starts when they are 3 or 4 months old. I think because we are all born with the Adamic nature to do wrong, we must direct children at the earliest age possible in what is right. Believe me, there is a difference between abuse and spanking. Abuse is done out of anger, and a spanking is done out of love. A spanking is done to correct a wrong action and to bring about an understanding. Abuse, on the other hand, is designed to hurt. A child who is spanked out of love will gain understanding and often correct their own wrongs and remember what happens when they don't. A child that is abused will harbor bitterness and often lash out more. Solomon said that if we spare the rod we hate our children. If we do not correct our children, there is a strong indication that we really don't love them. Some parents don't correct their children for fear of the children not loving them. But I think that any parent who wants to see their children grow in the correct way, especially in the ways of the Lord, will correct them at the earliest stage of life.
Sing: Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.