Worse Than Death?

8 Oct

Proverbs 23:13-14

Sterling Principle # 12addiction

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.

What is worse than death?  Perhaps a miserable life caught up in addictions and poverty.  Or perhaps a prison sentence.  Or even living isolated from others because of poor choices.  Maybe a bad temper tears relationships apart. I could go on and on I imagine.  Let’s go back to the drawing board of the Bible and see how to prevent these “worse than death” outcomes of a perfectly good life.

Correct your children—even a “good” spanking might save them from these “worse than death” life situations.  Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived, (other than Jesus) included “spanking” in his 30 sterling principles.  We best listen!  To combat abuse society has gone to the other extreme of “hands-off” parenting.  If we keep loving “hands-off” our children when they need a correction the end result will be that unloving hands will make the needed corrections.

Prison is a course correction that seldom works but creates an environment of even worse choices.  Other types of corrections might be an inability to keep a job, care for a family or stick with an education. The best course corrections are made at the hands of loving parents while a child is young and impressionable.  The sooner they can learn the results of making bad choices, the better their life will be.  Father (God) really does know best!

God’s Question: Experienced anything “worse than death?”

God’s Promise: My love for you includes discipline.

My Prayer to God:

I praise You for Your loving discipline when I stray.

I am sorry I have not always administered loving discipline.

Thank You for your faithfulness in spite of my failures.

Help me accept all discipline from Your loving hands.

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