So Chris preached on family on Sunday 22nd October. Quoting a modern translation of Proverbs he said, “Don’t fail to correct your children. They won’t die if you smack them.” Proverb 23:13 New Living Translation

Well, I confess to having smacked my girls when they were little, but I do believe this passage points to something beyond smacking. The real issue is understanding that loving discipline is vital for our children. It teaches that there is a right and a wrong and that there are consequences to both. As parents God’s book makes us responsible to do this in a loving and constructive atmosphere. In fact, if we don’t, the Bible says we are disowning our children. See Hebrews 12:9-11

Looking back, I regret resorting to smacking as a short cut to better more imaginitive and patient discipline. But I don’t regret loving them well enough to discipline them and giving them lots of big hugs and telling them in three simple words, “I love you!”