Archive for April 9, 2010

In Defense of Discipline

   Discipline seems to be a difficult area for many parents, and there is much encouragement in worldly society to let children be “free spirits,” unencumbered by their parents’ imposed expectations.  Further confusing the issue are arguments over spanking, and some dictionary definitions emphasize training, teaching, and instruction in obeying rules while others refer to punishing in order to gain control, enforce obedience, or  impose order.  

Let’s start with some basics.  Experience and common sense tell us that a child’s selfish impulses cry out for restraint (“Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.”  Proverbs 22:15); direct observation reveals that failing to correct bad behavior leaves a child feeling uncared for, and eventually confused and rebellious (“The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.”  Proverbs 29:15); and logic demonstrates that a child who learns to respect his parents’ authority has the groundwork laid for accepting God’s authority (“Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.”  Proverbs 29:15, 17).  

As mixed as society’s messages are, the believer can know that God offers concrete guidance for parents in this area, (more…)

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