Words from the Heart for Thursday July 18th, 2019
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.
Proverbs 23:13-14 (NIV)
Back in 2016, the Supreme of Court of Canada clarified section 43 of the Canadian Criminal Code. That code states, “Every schoolteacher, parent or person standing in the place of a parent is justified in using force by way of correction toward a pupil or child, as the case may be, who is under his care, if the force does not exceed what is reasonable under the circumstances.”
In a 6-to-3 decision, the Court upheld section 43 as constitutional and narrowed the applicability of the defense by finding that parents cannot strike children with the intent to harm them, and they cannot spank a child younger than two or older than 12 years old.
Raising children is a full-time job. Children, being tiny human beings, come with all the issues that every human being does – selfishness, willfulness, pride, envy. If you are a parent, you are fully aware of this. Just when you think they are perfect little angels, their true nature decides to rise up in full form. How do you handle things when this happens? King Solomon, father of many, and a wise father, says this in Proverbs 23:13-14, “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.” Now to be clear, Solomon isn’t speaking about abuse here. Harming a child, Jesus says, is punishable by a millstone necklace and a body of water. What Solomon is speaking about is consistent discipline. Parents who don’t love their children enough to correct them and direct them will end up with a rebellious young adult. Christian parent, you are called to love your child, and that includes discipline when necessary.
These have been words from the heart.