Number 13: Discipline Rooted in Love

Friday, February 22, 2013

Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod*, he will not die. Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death. Proverbs 23:13-14

{Saying Number 13 is part of a series I'm featuring on Fridays. It comes straight from the Bible, and you can read more here: 30 Sayings of the Wise}

*The "rod" is loving discipline. This verse does not give any parent permission to beat a child. Rather, this verse instructs parents to be the parent

This verse reminds me that I'm giving my child a gift, doing him a favor, when I discipline him - especially when I'm tired, distracted, worn down, or otherwise living modern life. So often it is easier to look away. I'm guilty of that. This verse motivates me to see the end game: discipline now will help my child later. 

How do these words motivate you?

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2 Responses to “Number 13: Discipline Rooted in Love”

  1. Our present-day world does not allow discipline of nearly any kind any more. Kids are told at school that if their parents do anything they don't like, the kids can call 911. I was told recently that in the Scandinavian area, even giving them a time-out was illegal. Parents and kids are facing really tough times with this. It's causing me to "heavy sigh" when very concerned about what they both will be facing in the future.

    This is too frank, probably, and too blunt. But, I truly am very concerned. Read that verse just the other day and had a heart-reaction to it -- and now you pulled it forth. Beating is not OK; drawing and direction and disciplining is.

  2. amen! the shepherd uses his rod/staff to guide and direct the sheep - to discipline them to do the right thing to keep them safe & healthy - parents have to care enough to bother to discipline their kids. loving, discipline means you care! I get so frustrated these days when I see kids doing whatever they want without consequence - they must feel so lost & "un-cared" for to be allowed to act so terrible. no one cares enough to show them the right way. Heartbreaking!