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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Proverbs 29 ♥ Bringing up kiddies and keeping in with people ♥

Good afternoon girls! Hope you're well.

Today I'm looking at a few verses that have stood out to me in this chapter, particularly about children and about keeping in with people.

Verses 15 and 17 are specifically about dealing with bad behaviour in children. Since we are born as sinners, our natural inclination is to do wrong and parents are there to guide and direct their children into the right paths according to the Word of God. We all know that if a child is left to his/her own devices they will generally go the way of the heart, which is after sin. Surely our main desire for our children is that they will hear God's Word, trust in Him as their Saviour and live according to His will. So we teach them right and of course they will need to be disciplined on occasion. HERE you will find the legalities about 'smacking'. Of course as Christians we absolutely do not agree with abuse of any person, child or adult, but there must be discipline to teach a child wrong from right, danger from safety. A lot of the 'alternative' punishments created by society are long lasting (eg being grounded) whereas God's way of dealing with it is over and done with quickly, followed by love and praise for doing good. When our children were young we always explained to them why they were being smacked and that it was what they had done that we weren't pleased with, not them the person and we ALWAYS reassured them of our love for them. Remember, God knows best and His ways are best.

Raise your children in the fear and admonision of the Lord there future counts on it :Karen please support the persecuted church www.opendoors.org

Verse 26 is about people who try to keep in with others or 'suck up to them' as we would say here in NI! Why do people try to keep in with others? I think it's because they want to be liked, or to gain favours; they want the person to have a good opinion of them. But, at the end of the day, whose opinion should matter to the Christian? God's or man's? Yes, of course it is nice to be liked but not everyone will like us. It is what God thinks of us that matters more than anything and we should live our lives by trying to please Him. Then of course, there is the verse in Proverbs 16:7,
"When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him."
I have learned by experience that this verse doesn't necessarily mean that all people everywhere will love you and think you're great, but it does mean that others will have no legitimate reason to dislike you or to harm you, if you are pleasing the Lord. They may still dislike you, but there is no justification for it and you are still serving the Lord.

Hugs, Karen x

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