Proverbs 29


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

17 Discipline your children, and they will give you peace;
they will bring you the delights you desire.

21 A servant pampered from youth
will turn out to be insolent.

We have heard the phrase “spare the rod and spoil the child” before. I guess it’s from Proverbs 29. While many of us have yet to have children, we can and should accept discipline for ourselves and among ourselves graciously and with appreciation.

2 Timothy 4:2

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

Again in

Hebrews 12:4-6

4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

From these verses, I gather that we should be encouraging and rebuking our fellow brother and sisters in Christ with love. Too often we take the side of less resistance and will try to avoid embarrassing or uncomfortable situations. If we truly love our fellow siblings in Christ, we should take courage and heed the words of Paul when he told Timothy to rebuke and encourage with great patience and instruction. Not an easy thing to do. But I believe that when we become more accountable to one another, then we will begin to be responsible for one another. After all, who of us will quote Cane’s famous line:

Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” –Genesis 4:9