This week, in some respects, was a continuation of the previous two weeks that taught us some of the duties we have as parents. We focused primarily on a parent’s responsibility to correct their children in a constructive and loving way. We are being lazy and negligent of our responsibility as parents if we do not take the time to correct our children so they can learn the difference between right and wrong.
The Bible teaches us that a child left to his own will bring shame upon his/her mother
(Proverbs 29:15) and so while is may be difficult at times to correct a child, it still must be done. It is important that we follow through with whatever correction we say we are going to do. If a child learns that they can talk you out of correcting them, then the weight of correction will be diminished and your authority as a parent will be eroded. When a child learns to be corrected at a young age and learns to take correction, it will be easier for that child to be able to take the correction from the Word of God when they are older. (Hebrews 12:9-11)
There is a time and a place for the rod of correction (Proverbs 13:24). The Bible teaches us in this scripture that we don’t love our child like we should if we do not correct them using the necessary means so that the child understand the gravity of making poor decisions. There is both a Spiritual and Physical connotation to this scripture as the child needs to be shown love by both the correction of the Word spiritually and by the Parent physically. (Proverbs 10:13)
It is important that we correct our children in Love and in Patience and not in Anger. By no means does the Bible make room for abuse of any kind. To hit a child out of anger or out of spite is not supported Biblically. It is important, however, to not allow ourselves to be overcome by the Spirit of the age and let our children run our households so that they cannot be corrected the way they aught to.
We must correct our children while they are young and more impressionable and we should not apologize or stop correcting our children because they cry. Foolishness is driven out of a child by the child being held accountable for their foolishness. (Proverbs 22:15)