Sunday, December 5, 2010

Training Up A Child In The Way He Should Go Matters A Lot (Part II)

Yesterday, i started with "Family Talk"  and blogged  about the first part of "Training Up A Child In The Way He Should Go Matters A Lot."  

I posted some verses that parents have a great responsibility in training up their children in the  ways of God. 

Let me continue with the part 2 of this topic.

To Discipline A Child Is Part Of Their Training And Its Biblical

In my text yesterday (Proverbs 22:6), it's very clear that the training of a person in a straight path starts in childhood. I knew someone who thought that, to correct a child should be avoided because her child was still very young and when her child did something wrong, she would often say, "wag mong pansinin yan, bata pa lang kasi yan, hindi pa nya alam ang ginagawa nya " (don't mind her, she's still young, she still doesn't know what she's doing) and she, most of the time didn't correct the child's attitude because to her, the child was still young to be corrected. But the Bible is so clear that we should train up a child in the way he should go so that when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Why Is There A Need To Train Up A Child In The Way He Should Go?
Parents need to start disciplining their children in young age because folly is bound in the heart of a child.

Proverbs 22:15 says, "Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away." New Living Translation says, "A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away." 

If Parents Failed To Discipline Their Children In Their Young Age, Not Only Their Children Would Be In Trouble But  They Would Also Be In Trouble
Proverbs 23:13 NIV says, "Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.Punish them with the rod and save them from death." 

New Living Translation translates it this way :"Don’t fail to discipline your children.They won’t die if you spank them.Physical discipline may well save them from death."

I also like what The Message Translation says: "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."

Proverbs 29:15 NIV says, "A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother." 

New Living Translations says, "To discipline a child produces wisdom,  but a mother is disgraced by an undisciplined child." 

"Correction and punishment make children wise, but those left alone will disgrace their mother." (New Century Version)

And here's what The Message Translation says, "Wise discipline imparts wisdom; spoiled adolescents embarrass their parents." 

Unfortunately, there are some countries that give children the right to sue their parents when their parents spank them or punish them with a rod even when they do something wrong. That is so sad. Yes, children need protection from child abuse. I myself hate child abuse but there's a difference between child abuse and child discipline. God's word doesn't change. In this generation, a child still needs to be disciplined by their parents so that their ways would be corrected.

Again, let me quote here Proverbs 23:13 NIV: "Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.Punish them with the rod and save them from death."

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