Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.
(Proverbs 13:24 NLT)
The more I work with children the more aware I’ve become of the lack of discipline in their lives. Years ago, I would have been disciplined for talking back to my elders or for not obeying them, but not today’s generation. Their parents can’t seem to know how to discipline them, or perhaps they’re afraid of being accused of abuse for doing so. But please note that in today’s Scripture, the rod is a figure of speech that can refer to a loving discipline of any kind. The “look” from my parents was all it took to get me to adjust my attitude. We really need to bring discipline back, but without the help of parents it won’t work. If we love our children, we’ll discipline them. After all, that’s how God deals with His children.
As His dearly beloved children, God disciplines us for our good.