Proverbs 21:11-13 When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge. The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness. Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
Punishment should never be fun for either party involved. I believe that there are times when children believe that parents love to punish them.
I read a story one time of a little girl who was standing up in the car seat next to her dad. The father said, “Sweetheart, sit down please.” The little girl replied, “I don’t want to sit down daddy.” The father, a little sterner this time said, “Honey, you have to sit down while I am driving, it’s not safe for you to stand up.” The little girl a little more forcefully said, “But daddy I can’t see out the window when I am sitting down. I don’t want to sit down.” The Father, by now determined to have his little girl follow his instruction said, “You sit down right now, and I’ll not tell you again.” The little girl slid down in the seat and was sitting there for a little while, when the father looked over and saw her smiling, and her eyes closed. He asked, “What are you smiling about?” She said, “I’m sitting down on the outside, but I’m standing up on the inside.”
Punishing, even a wrong doer, should not be fun or easy. It’s even worse when the offenders are adults. The Bible says the punishment of the scorner helps not only the scorner, but it also teaches the simple, (those willing to be taught,) and the wise, how to handle problems and what not to do.
Who’s the scorner? They are the ones who will not sit down on the inside. They are scoffers who will not listen and will not learn. They always must have their way, even over God’s way.
THE WORD WALKING IN ME:
We should never find it enjoyable to administer discipline. Nevertheless, we should find peace from it. Peace in knowing that, if done correctly, God is honored. We should also continue to pray and reach out to the ones being disciplined. We need to be obedient to God’s word on both the outside, and the inside.
THROUGH THE BIBLE WITH DAILY PROVERBS
Ezekiel 12 – 16 / Proverbs 21:11-13
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Psa. 114-118 / 1 Co. 4
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