Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 13

Timeout
A refusal to correct is a refusal to love; love your children by disciplining them
. Proverbs 13:24 (TM)

I’ve got good kids. In fact, I’ve got great kids. But, they aren’t perfect kids. Discipline is among a parents most difficult tasks, and I think it gets more difficult the older they get. I find discipline decisions can be agonizing. When do you sternly reprimand? When do you punish? When do you give grace and have a good talk? When do you provide creative consequences? When am I going overboard? At what point have I crossed the line from disciplining and actually find I’m exasperating them?

I’m not sure there are easy answers to any of those questions. The key is to constantly work at it, learn from your mistakes, and be willing to change,adapt, and admit when you blow it. Most importantly, as Proverbs constantly instructs, seek God’s wisdom daily.
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About Tom Vander Well

Wayfarer, husband, father, consultant, thespian, writer, thinker, and back porch musician. Pressing on through the journey one step at a time.
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One Response to Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 13

  1. KR says:

    This is the verse that hit home with me too. Daily we are trying to determine if we are being too hard on the kids. There are so many teachable moments at these tender ages. “A refusal to correct is a refusal to love” not only applies to our children but also to the church family, don’t you think? That is what accountability is all about. Walking as an imperfect person next to another imperfect person and being willing to love them unconditionally.

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