Raising children is tough, but the bible gives us clear direction on dicipline.
“Don’t fail to correct your children. They won’t die if you spank them. Physicall dicipline may well save them from death.” Proverbs 23:13-14 NLT
So many people challenge me on this topic of physically spanking your children. They call it abuse, and the worse thing you could do to a child. I couldn’t disagree more. As I have stated in a previous blog, leaving your child to themselves causes more harm than a spanking could ever do.
I do take this scripture to heart, and not just to give me an excuse to spank my son, but because I think the Lord really desires for our kids to live, and live righteously. Just think if I don’t spank or dicipline my child to guide him in a more perfect way, he’ll go his own way and make steps toward death rather than life.
What I usually say is I would rather spank my child now, than have an officer of the law have to do it later. I think a child needs to learn how to follow the laws at home directed from parents before they can learn to respect authority elsewhere.
So let me encourage parents again. If you spank continue to do so, but only if you have outlined boundaries and they know about them and they then choose to willfuly disobey or go outside those boundaries you’ve already set up. If you’re not spanking your children. I pray you take a second look at the scripture and ask the Lord for wisdom.