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
This image was derived through the process of the Rhema (living) word which ministered to me during a recent tragedy concerning a young man whose life was lost as a result no discipline in his life. The scripture out of the book of Proverbs (23:13, 14) sets forth the illustration necessary to save the souls of our young generation. It starts with us the parents and not the Ideas of the media, world, and culture that lure our children into lives with no purpose or direction. Notice this piece of scripture ends denoting death meaning if the love action is not applied death is the result. Now remember even though it mentions death it refers to the soul not the physical but the spiritual. Remember the message from Satan to Adam and eve was that they would not die if they took hold of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. It was a lie. That same lie is embedded in our culture and as a result we find our moral and ethical compass dead in its efforts to guide us into our eternity. When our spirit dies there goes our natural. There is no foundation to encourage life and as a result an early departure into eternity.
My prayer is that we stand on the word and image of God through our Lord Jesus the Christ. Let him become the guidepost that is necessary to encourage life into living if not for our sake at least for the children. Amen
This day I call heaven and earth as a witness against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live Deuteronomy 30:19