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Proverbs 13:24-25

verse 24: “He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.”

When my wife and I first became parents, my mother was over at the house helping us out. Among some of the topics of conversation was the choice of disciplinary tools. In short, why did she and Daddy use a switch to punish us? My wife’s father had used a belt, and I had heard of other devices by other parents to enforce discipline. So why a switch? (for the uneducated, the switch was a short, sappy limb of a small bush with leaves. Strip the leaves and the little rod had little notches where the leaves had been, and they sting!)

She told us it would sting; it would leave a mark only briefly that went away, so no permanent damage; and it would get our attention (which it did!) They did that to show us that there were physical consequences to breaking the rules. They also did this to train us in growing up, because they loved us. What if there were no consequences to doing wrong? Would you quit doing wrong?

Now, this is NOT an endorsement of child abuse…that is plain wrong! But loving discipline is necessary when training up a child.

Something to think about.

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