Raising Them Right

“Correct your son, and he will give you rest.”                 Proverbs 29:17 NKJV

If a corrected child gives you rest, an uncorrected one will give you no rest.  You can’t take them anywhere, or leave them anywhere.  Solomon says, “He who loves [his son] is careful to discipline him” (Proverbs 13:24 NIV).  Child abuse is reprehensible–and so is child neglect.  Without discipline, you condition your child for a life of heartache.  When they’re stopped by the police for speeding or contacted by the bank for defaulting on a loan, throwing a tantrum won’t get them off the hook.  Please think of their future!  God disciplines His children; are you wiser than He is?  The Bible says, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but…Later…it produces…righteousness and peace” (Hebrews 12:11 NIV).

A two-year-old shouting “No!” may seem cute today, but wait until he’s seventeen and cursing you out like a drunken sailor.  The Bible says, “A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away” (Proverbs 22:15 NLT).  Rebellion is part of their DNA, and it’s your job to drive it out. When a parent says, “This is hurting me more than you,” what does a rebellious child think?  “Then let’s change places!”  Yes, it’s hard to discipline them when your time with them is so limited; but their future is in your hands.  A child without boundaries is like a house without walls.  It’s like living in a carport; there’s no protection from outside influences.  Nobody feels safe.  So talk to God today.  He’s a father–He has children of His own and He will help you to raise yours right.


This message taken from: Daily Devotional – The Word For You Today