One of the most important things a parent can do, in teaching their child, is to provide firm discipline in their life. Without proper discipline in a child's life, they will lack the strength to make and carry out the right choices, as well as the ability to interact in a positive way with others during their lives.
Though the term beat is often found used in these verses, it is not meant to be taken literally, but refers to a spanking as a good and timely means of discipline in a child's life. The act of discipline is an act of love, it shows our desire for our children to grow up with and know proper values. As parents, we should always show love in our actions, never rage. Be firm with love not with anger. Affection and discipline must always be used hand in hand.
Deuteronomy 21:18-21 "The child that has been disciplined and is still rebellious is to be put to death, to keep evil from among you."
Proverbs 13:24 "He that spared his rod hates his son: but he that loves him chastens him betimes."
Proverbs 19:18 "Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying."
Proverbs 22:15 "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him."
Proverbs 23:13-14 "Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beats [Refers to spanking] him with the rod [paddle], he shall not die. If you beat him with a rod, you will deliver his soul from death [Eternal death]."
Proverbs 29:15 "The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself brings his mother to shame."
Ephesians 6:4 "And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."
Hebrews 12:11 "Now no chastening [Pain] for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby."
Sirach 30:8-13 "A horse that is untamed turns out to be stubborn, and a son unrestrained turns out to be willful. Pamper a child and he will frighten you; play with him and he will give you grief. Do not laugh with him lest you have sorrow with him, and in the end you will gnash your teeth. Give him no authority in his youth, and do not ignore his errors. Bow down his neck in his youth, and beat his sides while he is young, lest he become stubborn and disobey you, and you have sorrow of soul from him. Discipline your son and take pains with him, that you may not be offended by his shamelessness."
Deuteronomy 19:21 "And thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot."
Matthew 5:38-45 "Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asks thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shall love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sands rain on the just and on the unjust."
Ezra 7:26 "And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment."
The state of affairs that our youth are in today, can for the most part be traced to the parents lack of discipline on their children. When a parent does not correct a child with swift and firm discipline, they become a party to their child's evil deeds as they grow up.
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