Proverbs 29:15 A Rod And A Reprimand

A rod and a reprimand impart wisdom, but a child left undisciplined disgraces its mother. Proverbs 29:15

People often talk about the need to discipline a child in order to have the child grow up correctly. Many parents always love the statement, “spare the rod, spoil the child.” Some will take this to extremes, even to the point of abuse. While others reject all discipline.

Arguments are continually made about how children are no longer disciplined. Their being undisciplined is argued as being the reason schools are now so dangerous.

While it is true that children should be disciplined for doing the wrong thing, there is one other group of people who need to be included in discipline. That is all the believing adults.

Every believer in Jesus claims God as their Father.

As a result of God being their Father, this means that each one is His child.

God in His great love is willing to discipline His children. The purpose of the discipline is to get each one back on the right track and keep them from walking or living in sin.

The dangerous part is that most adults do not feel that they need to be or should ever be disciplined. Adults often feel that they have “made it” and can do what they want, when they want and how they want.

Think about how many teenagers became adults and then spent the next few years partying and running around, just because they could do it. Later they start to settle down and remember the words of their parents and realize how wise they were.

As an adult believer in Jesus, you must also be disciplined at times by your Father. There are times you make bad choices and go down a path God does not want you on. Because of God’s great love for you, He will take the time to discipline you.

Just as a parent disciplines his child to keep him on the right path and bring honor to his mother, so God will do the same with you.

You will gain wisdom when you listen to God’s discipline in your life. His discipline will set you on the path for an abundant, fulfilling life.

Are you willing to accept it?

Or will you fight God, as a rebellious child?

I pray today that you will see God’s discipline in your life; that you will learn from God’s discipline; that God will reveal His great love and mercy to you; and that you will live your life for God.

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1 Corinthians 14:20 Mature Thinking

“Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.” 1 Corinthians 14:20

Right after a chapter talking about love, speaking in tongues is talked about with speaking prophecies. Then comes this statement to not think like a child. It almost seems like a sudden rebuke against the people, but as with all Scripture there is a reason for it.

Think about how children think. They are often selfish, dishonoring to other children, angry, believing their way is best, wanting everything, and wanting to be the center of attention, and yet innocent is what is actually evil. These thoughts and actions are just the opposite of what love is.

Now when Paul talks about speaking in tongues and prophecies he tells the people to stop being like the children. Evidently the people in the Corinthian church were seeking only to speak in tongues. This is something different and no one can really judge what was said, because it is an unknown tongue. It is a safe area to do.

Speaking in tongues is great for the individual between him and God, and also a sign for those who do not believe yet. The problem is that it does nothing for anyone else that is a believer. As a part of the church you are supposed to build up other believers up. This cannot be done with words that they cannot understand. This is where prophecy comes in.

Do not think that by just doing certain ministries or using certain gifts that you are the best and everyone else must follow that way. God uses each person differently and in different ways.

Your thinking must be on how to build up others in Jesus. What is the best way to lift them up? What is the best way to point them to Jesus? What is the best way to encourage them? Think in these ways.

I pray today that God will reveal to you ways to build the others in the church up; that God will use you with speaking in tongues as a sign to unbelievers; that God will use you with prophecies as a sign to believers; and that God’s church will grow through you.