Don’t Spare the Rod

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.

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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