#12 A Good Spanking

17 Sep

God’s Word:  Proverbs 23:13,14,

God’s Message to Me:

There is a huge difference between child abuse and spanking your child.  A spanking means swatting on the behind with an open hand.  That usually hurts the pride of the child more than physical pain.  A good spanking says to a child “I care about you and want to prevent you from hurting yourself or causing harm to another.”

The purpose of a good spanking is to get the child’s undivided attention and train them in the direction they should go.    You can talk until you are blue in the face and not affect the child’s behavior like a good swat or two on the behind.

Spanking should not be done in anger or using a “tool” to cause more pain.  You must never forget the purpose of the spanking—to correct a misbehavior that can potentially harm the child or another.  And don’t overuse it or it builds up resentment.  There are more ways to train a child than simply spanking at every turn.

God’s Question to Me:  Have you used “spanking” to take out your anger rather than for correction for the good of the child?

God’s Promise to Me:   Don’t be afraid to correct your young ones, a spanking won’t kill them.  A good spanking, in fact, might save them from something worse than death.

My Song to God:    Yield Not to Temptation     by Horatio R Palmer  1868

Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin;
Each vict’ry will help you some other to win;
Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue;
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.

 
Refrain:
Ask the Savior to help you,
Comfort, strengthen, and keep you;
He is willing to aid you,
He will carry you through.

 
Shun evil companions, bad language disdain,
God’s name hold in rev’rence, nor take it in vain;
Be thoughtful and earnest, kindhearted and true;
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.

Refrain:
Ask the Savior to help you,
Comfort, strengthen, and keep you;
He is willing to aid you,
He will carry you through.

 
To him that o’ercometh, God giveth a crown,
Through faith we will conquer, though often cast down;
He who is our Savior, our strength will renew;
Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through.

Refrain:
Ask the Savior to help you,
Comfort, strengthen, and keep you;
He is willing to aid you,
He will carry you through.

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