The 2-D's -- Discipline And Direction

From the societal chaos that this writer has observed over the past sixty-plus years, the 2-D's discipline and directionare much needed for our nation's children and their survival in an ungodly society. For example, sixty years ago, there was no need for policemen to be stationed at school campuses because of disciplinary problems.

Along with parents, school officials could adequately handle any discipline problems that might arise. Today, with the threat of lawsuits on every hand, children no longer fear anyone in authority (including parents) and thus rebellion reigns supreme in our public schools.

When should the loving discipline of a child begin? In the early stages of a child's development, when they are able to absorb knowledge like a sponge absorbs liquid (Ecclesiastes 12:1; Psalm 71:17; 2 Timothy 3:14-15 NET). And yes, contrary to popular belief, proper and loving discipline includes spanking ("rod of correction") when necessary (Proverbs 13:24; 20:30; 22:15; 23:15; 29:15). 

Beloved, proper discipline provides a child with proper direction in his life (Proverbs 3:6; contrast with Jeremiah 10:23). Along with the above thoughts and links, I have included other pertinent articles on the topics of discipline and direction below.

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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