Correction Imparts Wisdom

Scripture: Proverbs 29:15, ‘The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.’

 

Observations: There are many proverbs about the importance of discipline, in fact the ‘rod’ is mentioned 9 times in Proverbs. The purpose of discipline is not to vent your anger (see 29:11), but in order to ‘correct,’ your children in order to ‘impart wisdom.’ It is to help your children understand what is right and what is wrong. This proverb implies that unless parents teach their children what is right they will chose the wrong path and disgrace their parents. God gives us parents so that they can teach us the right way. And when our children do what is wrong we must correct them. In fact, God does the same with us. Earlier in Proverbs it says, ‘My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. (Prov 3:11-12)’ Because God cares about us he wants us to do what is right. In fact when we do what is right it brings us joy and gladness (see 29:6).

 

Application: Do you see discipline as an act of love? That’s why God disciplines us, that why the church sometimes has to discipline its members, and that’s why parents discipline their children. Do you sometimes discipline out of anger instead of to correct and impart wisdom? And in your discipline are you teaching your children how to live in a way that honours God? How do you respond to God’s discipline? Do you repent and seek to honour him, or do you ignore God and continue to disgrace him?

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, help me to remember that You discipline me because You love me. May I nor despise or resent Your activity in my life, but instead may I repent of my sin and seek to bring You honour. And Lord, give me wisdom and grace when I seek to encourage my brothers and sisters in their lives, especially if it means confronting sinful attitudes or behaviours. Lord, may I correct others not out of a sense of self-righteousness, but out of humility. And Lord, help me discipline my children in a way that encourages them to trust in You and to live lives that please You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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