Proverbs 13:24 – He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him chastens him early.
If you love your children, you will correct them; if you don’t love them, you won’t correct them.
HOLY SPIRIT: All forms of discipline should be done in LOVE AND COMPASSION. If the forms of discipline are done in ANGER or to make a child obey a parent, then the forms of discipline are more persecution than correction.
NB: I have written this because I have heard that some children have grown up in anger and hate for their parents or one of them, because they were disciplined when they were young/child. I have shared this message shortly in our church. Remember, parents have God-given authority to discipline their children.
Children cannot say, “Who gave you the right to discipline me, or why do you scold me.” If they are not taught, they may grow in bitterness and hate, which may bring the influence of the devil in their lives and rob their blessed living. That is why we see some children struggling in life always. Knowing and obeying the Word of God is a blessing.
A child may also ask his mother, “Mummy if you really love me, you will not scold me/beat me. Many times the mother’s give in to their child (not knowing the Word of God) and say, “Okay my child I will not scold you, discipline, correct or beat you – because I love you. This is wrong, wrong, wrong according to God. Hear this message coming shortly on you tube. Disciplining your child based on the Word of God gives Holy Spirit opportunity to lead them to godliness.
Ephesians 6:1 – Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
Obeying one’s parents is a direct command from God
Ephesians 6:2-3 – “Honor your father and mother’—which is the first command with a promise—‘SO THAT IT MAY GO WELL WITH YOU AND THAT YOU MAY ENJOY LONG LIFE ON EARTH.”
Reward for honoring your parents – The promised blessing is long life and things going well.
Honor has more to do with one’s attitude of respect toward one’s parents, and it’s understood that the obedience is to be done with an attitude of honor (respect) toward one’s parents. Grudging obedience does not conform to the command.
It may be challenging for children to learn to obey and honor their parents—for some children, it’s harder than others!
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