Is there a difference between discipline and punishment?
How do love and care fit into this topic as well?
There is much debate today about the difference between discipline and punishment and whether to spank your children or not. Proverbs 13:24 says, “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.” This passage should clear up a few things.
First, spanking is an act of love when done within the biblical model. Second, punishment is a part of discipline and not necessarily mutually exclusive from it. Third, the passage says that we should be careful to discipline our children. This means that our discipline should never become abuse. Children can tell if it is really hurting you more than it is hurting them. So heed this proverb by exercising discipline with love and care.
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