The greatest unkindness they could possibly do to the child!
(J.R. Miller, "Morning Thoughts" 1906)
"Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish him with the rod — he will not die. Punish him with the rod — and save his soul from death!" Proverbs 23:13-14
Some parents have such weak hearts, that they cannot bear to correct a child lest they cause it pain.
They forget that to leave an uncorrected fault in a child, or to allow any wrong habit to grow up in its life unchecked — is the greatest unkindness they could possibly do to the child! To leave the roots of weeds growing in the garden among the flowers — is to insure the springing up of those weeds by and by, to mar the beauty of the garden.
No tender feeling should ever prevent a parent from correcting a fault in a child. Love must always seek the best.
"Chasten your son while there is hope — and do not set your heart on his destruction!" Proverbs 19:18
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We have published James Smith's 2 page article on church life, "The Blessing Commanded".