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Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Proverbs 19:18 teaches us, "Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying." There is a window or season of opportunity for chastening or disciplining our children while there is hope.
What is the purpose of chastening? Hebrews 12:11 tells us, "Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." We can all shout amen to the first part of the verse, but the second part tells us that chastening is to produce in us the peaceable fruit of righteousness.
Proverbs 29:15a tells us, "The rod and reproof give wisdom." 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tell us, "All Scripture
is
is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
James 3:18 tells us, "And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace."
All Scripture is profitable for reproof and for correction. The peaceable fruit of righteousness is sown in peace. It is during times of peace that the Word of God should be used. It is during times of conflict that chastening should be used (chastening from love, Hebrew 12:6). These two, the rod and reproof, give wisdom so that we may rightly say to our children and grandchildren, ". . . that from a child thou hast known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 3:15).
Children
Parents, do we love our children? Proverbs 13:24 tells us, "He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently" (New American Standard Bible). Other translations translate
Proverbs 22:15 tells us that, "Foolishness
is
bound in the heart of a child,
but
of correction shall drive it far from him." I have been confessing to my daughters that they can do little about the folly in their hearts, that it is my responsibility as their dad to use the rod of correction wisely.
Proverbs 29:15 tells us, "The rod and reproof give wisdom, But a child who gets his own way brings shame to his mother" (NASB). The rod and reproof gives wisdom. Both are necessary. Proverbs 29:19 tells us "A slave will not be instructed by words
alone;
For
though he understands, there will be no response" (NASB). This proverb tells us that words alone, even when they have understanding, will not produce the desired response. Reproof and the rod give wisdom.
What do we use for reproof? Our own authority? Habakkuk 1:7: "They are dreaded and feared; Their justice and authority originate with themselves" (NASB). No, Habakkauk is not speaking of parents, but of the Chaldeans. Still our authority does not originate from ourselves. Our authority to parent comes from the Book.
"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work" (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NASB). We have the Word for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training. It will reprove, it will tell us the proper correction to use, and it alone will perform its work in our children.
Nation
I would like to suggest to you that our nation may already be undergoing God's judgment. Deuteronomy 28 recounts the curses on the nation of Israel for forsaking God's words: "He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail" (Deuteronomy 28:44). We have become a nation of borrowers. Proverbs 13:22 says, "A good
man
leaveth an inheritance to his children's
children: and the wealth of the sinner
is
laid up for the just." As a nation, we are
leaving a debt for our grandchildren which they won't be able to pay off. We are not good men.
2 Kings 24:3 tells us, "Surely at the commandment of the LORD came
this
upon
Judah, to remove
them
out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that
he did." Judah was removed from nationhood status because of Manasseh's sins. What did Manasseh do? "Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing
that which was
evil in the sight of the LORD" (2 Kings 21:16). "And he
caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger" (2 Chronicles 33:6).
When a nation sheds the blood of the innocent, and when parents sacrifice their children for self, a nation is worthy of God's righteous judgment. So what do we do? Mordecai told Esther, ". . . who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for
such
a time as this? (Esther 4:14). Deuteronomy 1:13 tells us, "Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you." Exodus 18:21 tells us, "Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place
such
over them,
to be
rulers . . . ." Finally, 2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
Peace
Matthew records the Lord Jesus' words: "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to SET A MAN AT VARIANCE AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND THE DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW. And A MAN'S FOES
If this is the natural condition, what should be the supernatural condition? Hebrews 12:11 teaches us, "Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." The supernatural condition is supposed to be the peaceable fruit of righteousness.
James tells us:
is
earthly, sensual
[natural], devilish. For where envying and strife
is,
there
is
confusion and every
evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle,
and
easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and
without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
To obtain the supernatural condition, we must sow the fruit of righteousness in peace if we are to make peace in our families. Choose peaceful opportunities to sow righteousness.
". . . O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure" (Psalm 6:1). ". . . O LORD, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure" (Psalm 38:1).
Hebrews 12:6 tells us the Lord chastens everyone who is His: "FOR WHOM THE LORD LOVETH HE CHASTENETH, AND SCOURGETH EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVETH" (capitals added). Verse 11 tells us the result of chastening: ". . . afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby" (Hebrews 12:11).
Isaiah reveals to us, "And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever" (Isaiah 32:17). Wow!
We have seen that the natural state of a household is strife (see Matthew 10:34-36), and the supernatural state of a household can be peaceable righteousness. James tells us, "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God" (James 1:19-20).
King David understood that the LORD chastens His own. He did not ask not to be chastened, but that the LORD not do it when He was angry. Our children need chastening. But they need it out of love and not out of wrath. "And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace" (James 3:18).
Sow in times of peace. Wait to chasten until wrath is passed.
We have seen that the natural state of a household is strife (see Matthew 10:34-36). We have seen that the supernatural state of a household can be peaceable righteousness (Hebrews 12:11) which is the result of chastening as our Father chastens us.
What does righteousness look like? Our Lord Jesus tells His disciples that one of the roles of the Holy Spirit is to reprove the world of righteousness, "Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more" (John 16:10). While He walked on the earth, the world could see righteousness lived out in Him. Now the Holy Spirit has to reprove to show us what it is.
Isaiah 32:17 says, "And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever." A friend of mine used to say he could tell he was on the right path when he had the peace sign. James tells us that: ". . . the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God" (James 1:20). So we have an idea what righteousness should be like, and what it doesn't look like.
The Apostle Paul tells the church at Ephesus to stand, ". . . having on the breastplate of righteousness;" (Ephesians 6:14) and the Thessalonian church, ". . . be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love . . ." (1 Thessalonians 5:8). I would like to suggest to you that righteousness has to do with faith and love.
The Scripture teaches that ". . . Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness" (Romans 4:3). Paul teaches us, "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. . . . Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love
is
the fulfilling of the law" (Romans 13:8, 10). Paul tells us,
"That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" (Romans 8:4). I would like to suggest that believing God results in imputed righteousness, and acting in love results in practical righteousness as we follow the Holy Spirit.
Until He comes, give attendance to the reading, the exhortation, and the doctrine (teaching) - in times of peace.
SHALL BE
THEY OF HIS OWN HOUSEHOLD" (Matthew 10:34-36; capitals
added). Sometimes I think that there should be peace in my home, but that is not the natural state. The natural condition of families is to be striving with one another as if with swords.
Grace to you.
the rod
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but
- James 3:14-18
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We have seen that the natural state of a household is strife (Matthew 10:34-36). James tells why: "From whence
come
wars and fightings among you?
come they
not hence,
even
of your
lusts
that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire
to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and recieve not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume
it
upon your
lusts
(James 4:1-3; bold added).
James tells us there is strife in the household because we want pleasure.
Lusts
the passage comes from the Greek word
hedone
(Thayer's G2237). We get the English
hedonism
What can we do? Ask. Ask with right motives (James 4:2-3). Sow in times of peace (James 3:18). Give attendance unto the reading, the exhortation, and doctrine (1 Timothy 4:13; paraphrase). "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecuted you;" (Matthew 5:44b).
I want you to know, dear
Ekklesia,
as I write this, the only one I have in mind is me.
"
in
word
Ekklesia,
diligently
"promptly, betimes" (such as in New King
James Version, and American Standard Version). I have been teaching my daughters that to be diligent means to stay on task.
from it. It basically means "pleasures" or "desires for pleasure"
(Thayer's G2237). This desire for pleasure wars in our members and we lust (selfishly desire). We try to get what we want. We don't get what we want, because we don't ask; or, because we ask with wrong motives. Would God give us something that would be for our eternal bad? No. He is good to withhold from us what we don't ask for, or what we want for wrong reasons.
Paul tells us that in the last days perilous times will come, because of what people will be like. One of those descriptions is that men will be lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:4; paraphrased).
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.
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