Proverbs 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
In my personal library is a book written by H. A. Ironside in 1907 called “Notes On Proverbs.” In my copy, published in Feb. 1946, on page 154 Dr. Ironside makes this statement when writing about Prov. 13:24; Quote, “It is not love, but the lack of it, that leaves a child to himself; to develop unchecked, tendencies and propensities which shall result in future sorrow. Ours is a day of great laxity on this point. The coming generation will reap the bitter fruit of the absence of restraint and the evident aversion to chastening, so manifest in the majority of homes.” End quote. This statement was made over one hundred years ago. I ask you to consider, was he right?
When people think they have a better way than God’s way, they’re in essence saying God is wrong. Today we have a nation full of “me first” adults. They’ve gotten their way for so long they think that’s how it’s suppose to be. No one wants to tell anyone they might be wrong. If you do, they pout like a two-year old who never learned to handle reproof.
God’s ways have always been correct. Any correction handed out by God is done in love for the benefit of the one He’s correcting. That’s the part missing from most correction today. It’s not done out of love, but rather to punish them for interrupting the adults life. Correction must be done with love for the child, trying to help them.
There is a huge difference between correction and child abuse. We ought never allow or be part of child abuse. However, often by NOT making children mind, we are abusing them even more. True love will manifest itself in many ways.
Is letting a child run wild love or neglect?
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