An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Correct Comfort

(Proverbs 29:17 KJV)  Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.

We are expected to “correct” (3256) our children.  Yes, I know the Hebrew says “son” (1121) and that is the correct translation, even if you like the CEV.  But I am not translating.  I am trying to understand.  Just as when we say, “Let’s go get a Coke,” and we order a root beer, words can be used specifically and have a general understanding.

That is a tangent.  The first point of this verse is that parents are to be parents.  Adults are to be adults.  The reason for that is that children will be children.  You can quote me on that.

Correcting is defined as “to discipline, chasten, admonish.”  It is not pleasant to give or receive.  It is still a command of God.  Too often we want to “comfort” (5117) and “delight” (4574) our children.  That is their job, but they won’t be able to do it if we don’t prepare them.

So?  Accept the responsibility that God has given to you.  The Holy Spirit works through people.  Last time I looked I noticed that you are one.

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