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Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them. Proverbs 13:24 New International Version
Do you notice the word ďcarefullyĒ in this sentence? Yes children need discipline but there is a difference between discipline and abuse. To beat or nag them or belittle them in public a child is abuse. To spank a child is discipline.
My mother used to spank us and send us to our room to think about what we had done, why it was wrong and to think of a good apology when we misbehaved. That method of reasoning has been carried throughout my life. In thinking about what I have done, why it is wrong and the correct way to make an apology.
Children need discipline or else how will they know right from wrong when they become adults? Isnít that the fundamental reason there are so many problems in society today?
Donít you hate it when you see a screaming child in the supermarket because they canít get what they want? A good swat soon stops that. How about when travelling long distance on a plane or bus. The parent tries to reason with the misbehaving child. The child laughs because they know there is no punishment and just keeps on misbehaving. Isnít that annoying to everybody else on board?
My cousin tried that stunt with my grandma in a supermarket only once and he got a good swat for his efforts. He never tried that again with her.
Now of course when they become older like teenagers a different method is used such as taking away privileges.
Prayer: Jehovah Abba, please teach me to be a good parent like you. Teach me when and how to use the rod in order to raise Godly children which is a gift from you.
I humbly ask in the name of our big brother Jesus Christ. Amen.
May you be blessed with love, peace and joy.
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