Don’t fail to discipline your children. They won’t die if you spank them. Physical discipline may well save them from death. Proverbs 23:13-14 New Living Translation

As of today protest are still going on in Ferguson over the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer.  It is sad and I have prayed for the family, the police officer involved and the town.  I can’t begin to blame and take sides because I do not know the facts and what happened.  What I do know is this does happen way too often and it never should.  I am not just talking about police shootings, but shooting and death and murder by youths period be they black, white, Latino, male or female.  Lives cut short and it seems as if they were cut short by a bullet or some other unfortunate accident or incident.  But I believe if a closer look is taken, you would find in many if not most of the cases, something else is involved: A lack of discipline.

When I say discipline I mean a spanking, a whippin’, physical loving parental discipline. A lot of people disagree with me and try to classify it as abuse.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  And speaking of the truth I base my belief, confidence and actions in this area on The Truth: The Word of God.  Let’s take a look at some of the things The Word has to say about physical discipline and it benefits. Yes that is not a typo I said BENEFITS.

Do not hold back discipline from the child, although you strike him with the rod, he will not die. You shall strike him with the rod and rescue his soul from Sheol(Hell). Proverbs 23:13-14 New Living Translation

A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away. Proverbs 22:15 New Living Translation

Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them. Proverbs 13:24

A spanking and a warning produce wisdom, but an undisciplined child disgraces his mother. Proverbs 29:15 Gods Word Translation

Discipline your children, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to their death. Proverbs 19:18 New International Version

Wow!!!  Did you see what that last verse said? “Do not be a willing party to their death.”  What is this verse saying?  It is saying that by denying to provide your child physical discipline when needed and appropriate you can willingly participate in their possible death.  I did not say that The Word did.  “Well I would never do that!” Of course you would not knowingly.  Much of what we see going on in the world today is a direct result of men and women thinking they are smarter than God.  God knows the benefit of physical discipline for a child or youngster and this is why He had it documented in The Bible, for people’s benefit.  I believe God.  If He says its beneficial then it is.

Think of this, would you rather physically discipline your child in love (never physically discipline a child while you are angry, it will come across to them as anger and not love) or have it done to them by the police?  And for those of you who are scared of the law and children’s services, here is some food for thought.  Your child does not do what you say on a repeated basis and is rebellious and disrespectful to you.  You allow the child to cuss you out, slam the door you pay for in the house you pay for in your face and tell you to leave them alone.  And you call it respecting their privacy and their space. Let’s flip the script here.  You are their parent.  You are their first encounter with an authority figure.  Once you are disrespected by your child there is no where to go but down the ladder for everyone else.  This is why when a cop shows up in some cases, the child’s mind is already programmed. “Hmmmm, my Mom or Dad is an authority figure and I don’t respect them so I don’t have to respect and obey the cops either.”  So let’s go back to fearing children services. You would let someone tell you you can’t discipline your child if you deem it necessary but, if they don’t obey the cops the cops can beat them, taser them, shoot them and kill them if they deem it necessary. Somethings out of order here. God the Father only does things for our good. Discipline may not seem good at the time but He knows the fruit it will yield now and later in life.

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. Hebrews 12:11 New Living Translation

So discipline helps us enjoy a peaceful and right way of living when we submit to it.  Remember God the Father is only out for your good.  He does not desire for a child or any persons life to be cut short as a result of a lack of discipline and He is not the One who cuts a person’s life short.  They do this themselves based on their choices.  So make a decision to operate in wisdom and discipline your children, preferably while they are young.  This can and will eliminate many issues later.  Don’t worry about the naysayers but keep in mind what is said in the book of Acts.

“We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29

All the “blessed” to you!!!  Shalom!



  1. Disciplining children is so important. This is a good topic to hit on, because it is often overlooked for the very reasons you mentioned. Some children seem to need more than others. My son really didn’t need disciplining for bad things because he really was a good child, but I remember when he came of age at about 12 – 13 and he began to ‘talk back’ so to speak. Still it wasn’t what many children do, but it was a surprise. Another phase to encounter.

    Children go through phases as they mature in every age group because it is nature’s way of preparing them to separate from their parents to stand on their own in the world, but it is in these later stages that a firmness from the parent needs to be applied. Children need to know that though their ‘phase’ may be a part of growing up, certain ways to express that stage are not permitted.

    A side note here is that I’ve often heard mothers speaking to their daughters and calling them ‘ma’am’. Really? The mother calling the little girl ma’am? I mean who’s the parent. I never understood the ‘ma’am’ thing anyway. That may be a southern thing, but a child is not a ‘ma’am’, and I think modern parents are confusing issues with their young children.

    Thank you for your insight, Vincent. I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful…there is so much to be thankful for.

    Blessings for a delightful, prosperous day,


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