Proverbs 13:23-25 Much food is in the tillage of the poor: but there is that is destroyed for want of judgment. He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes. The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
In my personal library, I have a book written by H. A. Ironside in 1907 called; “Notes On Proverbs.” My copy was published in February of 1946. In it, on page 154, when writing about verse 24 of chapter 13, Dr. Ironside makes the following statement; 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. So, if we look around us today, was he right?
When men and women think they have a better way to live life than God’s way, they are in essence saying God is wrong. Today we have a nation full of, “me first” adults. They had been given their way so much as children, they think that in life, that’s how it’s always suppose to be. No one wants to hurt someone’s feeling any longer by telling anyone that he, or she might be wrong. When you do correct someone, they run off and pout like a two-year old that never learned how to handle reproof.
God’s ways are right. They always have been, and always will be. Any correction handed out by God is done so in love, and it’s for the benefit of the one He is correcting. That’s the part missing from most correction today. It’s not done out of love for the child, but rather to punish them for interrupting the adults life. Correction must be done because we love the child, and wish to help them, never to hurt them.
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There is a huge difference between correction, and child abuse. We never ought to allow, or be any 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.
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