“Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die.” -Proverbs 23:13
Today in America, there is so much talk revolving around the word “love” that it bewilders me to see so little of it. One aspect of love is found in chastening.
Websters 1828: Chasten 1. To correct by punishment; to punish; to inflict pain for the purpose of reclaiming an offender; as, to chasten a son with a rod.
Let me explain. One day, I was a passenger in a car with a friend driving around a lake in Minnesota with my beautiful little 2-year-old boy on my lap. While we were driving, I noticed that my leg was getting a little wet and I knew that it was not me that just peed my pants, it was my little boy. I asked the friend that was driving if she could pull over so I could change his diaper real quick and of course, she quickly pulled over and accommodated. As I grabbed my little boy to set him outside on the curb, I told him, “Daddy needs you to stay right there until I get out, do not disobey me” (Exodus 20)!
That day, my little boy disobeyed me. He ran behind the back of the car and right in front of an oncoming van. The van immediately stopped and just missed hitting and killing him by no more than 2 inches. I ran behind the car and grabbed him and picked him up and spanked his little butt, giving him a quick lesson of understanding to never ever disobey his Daddy ever again.
The moral of the story is that if he does not understand “no” the first time, the second time, it just might cost him his life, and in the end, his soul (Exodus 20; Psalm 19:11)
For me to tell him that I love him and to withhold the rod when needed, is, in fact, hate.
“He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” -Proverbs 13:24
“And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” -Hebrews 12:5-11
Applying this love from my Heavenly Father (Romans 5:5) to you is for you to learn His heart as well in your own lives. When He chastises you, He is doing it because He loves you, not because He hates you (Acts 20:21).
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” -Revelation 3:19
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