This is part of a series, studying the book of Proverbs during the month of July, 2011. For more details click
A fair amount of discussion in this chapter is centered around discipline. Whether he's referring to disciplining a child, or correcting an adult, the message from Solomon is the same - correction is a necessity at all ages of our lives. Here's the rundown of what strikes me from Chapter 29-
- Verse 1 - If you don't accept criticism, you will be destroyed.
- Verse 15 - Disciplining a child produces wisdom, while the lack thereof brings disgrace on the family.
- Verse 17 - Disciplining will produce peace of mind and happiness in a parent's life.
- Verse 18 - Want a joyful life? Obey what you know is correct.
- Verse 19 - Discipline involves more than just words - it requires actions, a commitment, and love.
I am living proof that disciplining a child will not destroy them, if done in the proper way. Considering how many times I was spanked and otherwise reprimanded, I cannot think of a time when my parents ever acted out of anger - they always acted out of love. My improper actions were clearly explained to me, and the consequences were laid out just sa clearly. Did I enjoy it? No. Did I respect it? Maybe not always, but it was nice to know my parents cared for me. And I certainly respect them more for it.
Unfortunately the correction didn't cease to be necessary as I became an adult. Even now, I need people around me who are willing to speak truth in to my life. I am fortunate that I have a wife and friends willing to call me out when necessary. It makes me a better person, and it strengthens our relationship.
Who do you have in your life that loves you enough to correct you?
Hebrews 12:10-11 - For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
So what verse(s) stick out to you and why?