Verse of the Day
Proverbs 22:15Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of correction will drive it far from him.
This scripture contains two main points: Our hearts are inclined towards foolishness (sin) and that disclipline helps a child to choose right behavior.
Scripture teaches us that we are born with an inclination to sin (see Genesis 8:21, Jer 17:9, Psalm 14:23, Romans 6:23). Who has ever needed to teach children to lie, to be lazy, to throw a temper tantrum, to hit, to steal, to disobey or to be stingy? These things come naturally to us because they are inherrent in our nature.
Secondly, discipline is needed to help a child learn the difference between right and wrong. A parent's good example alone, gentle pleading or explanation will not be enought to cure their foolishness. There must be strictness and correction that causes grief. Discipline is loving and when administered properly helps a child to make good choices (see Proverbs 3:11-12, Proverbs 23:13-14).
Parents, expect your child to be unhappy when you discipline them. Discipline is painful at the time it is happening! But if you continue diligently with proper correction, then in time you and your children will reap a huge harvest (Hebrews 12:11). Are you more concerned about being their friend? Be more concerned with their sin rather than their happiness.