"The rod and reproof give discipline,
but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother."
" Discipline your son and he will give you rest;
he will give delight to your heart."
It is totally unnecessary to explain these verses and many others like them in the Proverbs. They are self-explanatory and need no interpretation--only application. "The rod of education on the seat of learning" is often encouraged in this book of wisdom.
What a contrast in these two verses! It seems so obvious what the right choice is. And yes, as parents a choice must be made, and early on, if we want a child who gives us rest and brings us delight. And what parent doesn't?
Two things are encouraged in these verses--the rod and reproof. I believe that one without the other can be very damaging to a child. We don't spank a child and leave him to wonder what he did wrong. Neither do we reprove ("cast blame; censure for a fault"--Webster) without proper punishment. Just yelling at a child only provokes him to anger or discourages him and gives no real guidance. God has given us wonderful direction; let's take it! Loving discipline consists of both the rod and reproof.
Children, when your parents correct you on God's terms, remember that their goal is to delight in you as a godly child and someday a godly and obedient man or woman. Loving and godly parents will correct their children, and someday you will thank them. Really!
Thanking God for the loving discipline of my parents,
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