Correct Thy Son

Proverbs 29:17

“Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.”

Here, God’s Word insists that discipline and correction of children are a necessity for a peaceful future. While we nurture our children, we are encouraged to consider the better days for the family and society. Well-disciplined, godly children will surely bring comfort to the parents, contribute to the welfare of the country and even communicate the hope of heaven to many of their generation and the next.

Children, who are well-guided to fear the Lord and live a godly life, will not be a source of disquiet and trouble to their parents. The labour, sacrifice and persistence involved in raising children will bring the highest possible payoff. Just as in Proverbs 29:17, all the promises of God given to parents in the book of Proverbs guarantee the joyful and restful future of their children.

Parents, who conscientiously discharge their duty of correcting their children, have God’s promises to cheer them in their days of strenuous parenting. The terms “rest” and “delight” promised to parents suggest “the image of a parent taking a deep breath and letting out a sigh of relief and pleasure at a child who has turned out well” (Fox, Proverbs 10-31, 840). The biblical motivation for parents to discipline their children is entirely positive. Parents who do so will raise wise sons and daughters who bring them comfort and delight.

Prabhudas Koshy