“He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly.”
In a world gone mad, good is called evil, and what is evil is applauded as good. This logic is responsible for the training-up of criminals. Show me a child who is not disciplined, and I will show you a child who is struggling under the weight of guilt from accumulated wrong, which desires to be dealt with.
A parent who overrides the mandate of scripture to correct their child has borrowed from the hope of the future to appease the demands of the moment.
A child who is not disciplined is often a child who shows no respect toward God’s ordained authority and is prone to rebellion. We, as Christians, must have a greater standard for our children. We must love them more than the moment. We must think of the character that shall be built in them by consistent, patient discipline, which is an affirmation of love for them.
We, as loving parents, never desire to administer discipline. My earthly father corrected my wrong, and because of that, I am alive today. My heavenly Father corrects my wrong, and because of that, I know that I shall live because “He who loves him is careful to discipline him.”
Awaiting His return,
– Pastor Jack