I still want to blog on repentance, but another subject has been on my mind for a few days and until I get it off my chest, I can just forget about anything else. So, here goes...
Proverbs 13:24 says, "He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that LOVETH him chasteneth him betimes." In Deuteronomy 8:5, Hebrews 12:6, and 12:7, we are told that God chastens His children. Why? Because He loves us and desires us to do right. I really don't think when we sin, God sits back and laughs and thinks how cute we are. No, He gets right on it and makes sure we know we have sinned and we need to straighten up or else. Something that jumps out at me in Proverbs 13:24 is the first part of the verse, "He that spareth his rod *HATETH* his son...." Wow. If you aren't raising your child to be good and obedient, if you let them get by with what they ought not get by with, you hate them. That is such a strong word, but you know what, it's true. I have seen in many homes where a child ignored and left alone, never being disciplined the way they ought to be, are nothing but heartache and trouble to their parents, families, teachers, friends, employers...society, in general. What kind of parent wants that for their child? I sure don't! And if they end up that way, I don't want it to be because of something I did. Or rather, DIDN'T do in my training them up the way they should go.
3. Never give him spiritual training. Wait until he is 21 and then let him "decide for himself."
11. When he gets into real trouble, apologize for yourself by saying, "I never could do anything with him."
12. Prepare for a life of grief. You will be likely to have it.