15 A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom,
but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother.
In case you haven’t noticed, small children do not have to be taught to use the word, “No”! They seem to learn it on their own and to use it well. If we want children to have strong social skills and a better than average EQ, then the parents and only the parents must not be afraid to confront the bad behavior of their child and to offer the “rod” – fair, firm and friendly discipline. The beginning of wisdom is a life directed at honoring God in every area of life with “follow up” obedience. Parents have the responsibility of training their child how to relate to God by leading them into and expecting the same honor and obedience given to them. The parents’ love, given to the child is like God’s love for them. Through discipline in the home children experience the love of his or her parents and respond to that love with love, honor and obedience. This is a pattern that will aid them in establishing a similar relationship, a life giving relationship with their heavenly Father (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for the international church in Shanghai. All expressions but especially, ICS, SWIF, AGIF, German Fellowship, Korean Community Fellowship, Danish Fellowship and Cantonese Fellowship (SICF).