Use appropriate means of discipline (Cont’d)
Here are some general guidelines.
Using the rod of discipline.
This is probably the most debated and controversial area of discipline in the world today because abuse is so prevalent. Satan is relentless. He takes what God has created or instructed and perverts it so Godly discipline turns into child abuse in the hands of sinners.
More often than not, we are too quick to throw out the baby with the bath water. As Christians, we should not discard what God has taught just because it has been polluted by the world.
The Scriptures are replete with passages instructing us to appropriately discipline our children with the rod.
Here are some examples of Bible verses that directly speak of using the rod. There are others where the rod of discipline is implied.
“He who withholds his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently.”
“Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; the rod of discipline will remove it far from him.”
“Do not hold back discipline from the child, although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.”
“You shall strike him with the rod and rescue his soul from Sheol.”
“The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother.”
Entire theological positions have been developed on less biblical evidence. I believe it is clear that, as parents, we are directed to use the rod of discipline.
Therefore, it is not a matter of whether or not we use the rod; it is a matter of how and when.
Something to think about and more to come…