Proverbs 19:18 ” Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death.”

When we read this verse I know most will automatically think it means corporal punishment…but many of the Proverbs that address disciplining children are actually talking about oral correction not physical. In fact in verse 1 of this Proverb it does just that, “A wise son heeds his father’s instruction.” (The words discipline and instruction coming from the same Hebrew word here.) But what’s the most important part of this verse isn’t the form of correction we use on our children but are we are willing to discipline them at all. A hands off, let them grow up by themselves attitude only shows a very unloving parental approach, with no regard for their soul, spirit, and life. The bottom line is, discipline is meant to instruct and change bad behavior…”and save their soul from death.” (Proverbs 23:14)

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