“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).
Today’s Morsel: One of the things that I always speak to parents about when doing a baby dedication is the importance of raising their children right and according to God’s word. And one of the things I share with them are the words of wisdom spoken by King Solomon regarding rearing children. The book of Proverbs, which is a book of wisdom, speaks much to the area of raising children. One of those areas is today's passage, “Withhold not correction from the child". In other words, when a child commits a fault, and correction is necessary; and it is not done, it ruins the child, and there is no proof of true affection seen in the parent, but actually just the opposite. As Solomon said, “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes” (Proverbs 13:24). Solomon further states, “For if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.” Again, if he be "beaten" moderately (spanked), there is no danger of him dying under the rod, or with the stripes given to him; such moderate and proper corrections may be a means of preserving him from other crimes, thus preventing him from a shameful and untimely death. And it may even prevent him from suffering in the second death. “Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.” We must always remember, you hit a child in anger, you spank him in love.
Sing: Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in God’s sight; Jesus loves the little children of the world.
Thought For Today: “Everything in America is run by switches…except the children.” Duke of Windsor