When Genuine Love is Questionable

A professor of psychology had no children of his own, but whenever he saw a neighbor scolding a child for some wrongdoing, he would say, “you should love your boy, not punish him.” One hot summer afternoon the professor was doing some repair work on a concrete driveway … More

Spanking

This portion of Proverbs refers to poverty and prosperity. Once again we see how trouble comes to the wicked, like an animal chasing him (v.21). One such problem is hunger mentioned in verse 25. When a good man dies he leaves an inheritance to his descendants (v. 22). This may be either an honored name or material gains. But any wealth a sinner may acquire is lost and eventually may find its way into the hands of the righteous. It has been said that the measure of a man’s character is not what he gets from his ancestors, but what he leaves to his descendants. Because he is diligent, a poor farmer will use every corner of his little farm and may enjoy a greater harvest than his wealthy neighbor who has a much larger farm, but allows it to stand untilled (v. 23).

We often see how the man who doesn’t have much often makes the most of what he has, while the man who has a lot often reaps little because of his lack of discipline. The Scriptures declares without hesitation that a parent who loves his children will correct them (v.24). Refusal to spank our children, when they need it, shows that our genuine love and concern for them is questionable. The wicked even though they are surrounded by abundance can never attain true satisfaction (v. 25). It is only the righteous who know the joy of true satisfaction.

Application

Too many parents are not on spanking terms with their children. When you were growing up did you get the spankings you should have gotten from your parents? I certainly didn’t and because of it I have had to deal with many problems that should have been taken care of when I was younger.

 

Proverbs 13:21-25 (English Standard Version)

Disaster pursues sinners, but the righteous are rewarded with good. A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, but the sinner's wealth is laid up for the righteous. The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice. Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, but the belly of the wicked suffers want.

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