(Proverbs 19:18 KJV) Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
How important is it to “chasten” (discipline NASB) (3256)? Look at the first and last words in the verse. Keep in mind that this is the only place the KJV translates the word as “crying” as opposed to 785 times as some version of death or killing. You have a choice. You can give strong, focused training in tune with God’s word or you can deliver up your children to death.
In a way this applies to those who are not your children. You don’t have the rights of a parent but you do have a responsibility to love. Sometimes love is tough.
So? Love. Discipline. Or allow a very unhappy ending. Maybe someone else will step in and supply what is needed. Maybe they will hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. Give them the extra chance by doing your part.