“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 missing elements in parenting today in many homes is how to discipline children. I always like to say that the Bible is a training manual for the home. If we fail to read it and study it, we will not know what to do when there is a crisis or situations with our children that need fixing. Solomon said that we should not withhold correction from the child and that we should, “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.” (Proverbs 19:18) This is a hard precept for a parent. Nothing affects the heart of a parent so much as when a child cries and sheds tears. But it is better that the child may be caused to cry when the correction may be healthy to his soul, than that the parent should cry afterward when the child is grown up, and his evil habits are sealed for life. Children are being sent to jail and prison because parents failed to read and study the training manual on how to correct them. If you fail to correct your children and hold them to a higher standard when they are young, rest assured that when they become teenagers and young adults there will be a high price to pay. And that price is often rebellion and disrespect toward you and authority and even promiscuity and wayward behavior. Take the time to read the manual and correct them according to God's word.
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.
Thought For Today: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6