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KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL PARENTING (2 of 6)
THE KEYS TO DISCIPLINE
Dr. Curt Dodd
Believers with children have a tough row to hoe. If
there is anything that can bring a parent to God
quicker than any other thing, it is simply problems
with their children. Today, we want to look at several
passages of Scripture that will help us get a handle
on this issue of discipline and will be the material
by which we will form the rest of the suitcase to be
able to carry our parental responsibility in a
biblical fashion. Listen to what the Bible says in
Proverbs 19:18: "Discipline your son, for in that
there is hope; do not be a willing party to his
So the Bible is teaching, if we don't discipline our
children, we are setting them on a course that will
ultimately cause their deaths. Their deaths
financially, their deaths emotionally, their deaths
spiritually and ultimately, their deaths physically.
You and I have a responsibility to teach our children
exactly what the Bible says about how to live. Allow
me to jump in here right now and tell you that
discipline is not just correction, spankings and
groundings. It is a combination of correct teaching
with proper reinforcement both positive and negative
reinforcement to teach children how to live. Proverbs
29:17 says: "Discipline your son, and he will give you
peace; he will bring delight to your soul."
Then in Proverbs 29:15 the Bible says: "The rod of
correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to itself
disgraces his mother."
I like what James Dobson said concerning this issue of
the rod. He said some have interpreted:
"This recommendation has troubled some people, leading
them to claim that the 'rod' was not a paddle, but a
measuring stick with which to evaluate the child. The
following passage was included expressly for those who
were confused on that point.
5.'Withhold not correction from the child; for if thou
beatest him wi ...
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