You will say in that day:
“I will give thanks to you, O LORD,
for though you were angry with me,
your anger turned away,
that you might comfort me.
2 “Behold, God is my salvation;
I will trust, and will not be afraid;
for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation.”
3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
And you will say in that day:
“Give thanks to the LORD,
call upon his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples,
proclaim that his name is exalted!
5 “Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously;
let this be made known in all the earth.
6 Shout, and sing for joy,
O inhabitant of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel.”
Montgomery County, Texas has a reputation for kindness to Hispanic aliens. We have a bounty of Jesus Christ believing and The Word of God honoring Churches. The Police Department has a very good reputation and deals with teenagers - a lot. Our crime rates are on the low side. And we saw the indictment of Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings star running back, who was indicted on an injury to a child charge here in Montgomery County on Thursday. This is Texas and we tend to be more loud and Republican in this county than liberal.
The District Attorney feels the evidence before the Grand Jury is compelling and he said wait for the trial. Good advice. We pray for Adrian Peterson and his entire family to have merciful justice and heal very well in the Power of God.
This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.
God is Vast. He just doesn't have to worry if we throw a fit.
How do you deal with someone throwing a tantrum? Depends.
Jesus mentions something Very Wise in Luke 3:7 - flee from wrath. Get the heck out! Out of the way of wrath!
The Holy One writes about having a healthy approach to anger - Be Angry.
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger.
I like the fact God says we are allowed to have emotions. Honesty in Scripture.
The State of Texas does not have a problem with spanking with an open hand. The parental discipline generally concerning CPS, or the Police, is the type leaving a mark and/or causes worry of future injury.
What does God, the Holy One, say about this? Let's list a few:
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
(Hey, I grew up with "Go pick a peach tree switch and make that snappy.")
Our Boundaries fall in here:
Because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
AKA The Golden Rule
Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.
The one who did not know,
and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating.
Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required,
and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
WORD. God created Jesus from His Word.
Jesus was known to ask Peter - in his sin - three times for explanations. John 21. Jesus, also, is recorded as explaining his death three times.
My brother does this with his children to great effect. He repeats back to them in complete effort and sincerity their concerns before he explains a different way - what is required and expected. He is Really Good at this.
Paul VERY WELL understood about the third effort as well...
2 Corinthians 12:14
Here for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be a burden, for I seek not what is yours but you. For children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.
Goliath Pottery discovered in his city Gath
We do not dish out what we would not want to receive! What would you want someone, twice your height, giving to you?
In practical terms, we need a Bumper Sticker.
David met the Giant Goliath and had to pull out three smooth stones. Today - We do make a bumper sticker about that - It's seen a lot. Explaining Goliath - "Be Nice to Your Children, They Will Choose Your Nursing Home."
Now you might ask - is that bumper sticker Scripture?
Yes. It's basic Scripture. Jesus said -
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
We are big in Texas on childhood - "Time Out."
If you get quiet time to think, you have time to reorganize the child's emotion.
Rarely, then, a spanking, a memorable event - a time to consider - is more important. My daddy sent us to have thirty minutes in our rooms to consider the swats about to arrive. Egad. With the provision he always said - "When I calm down, you are getting x number of swats, go to your room." Daddy would explain that parental swats had to be accompanied by lack of anger or rage.
Swats ranged from three to ten - depending on the severity of the disobedience. Standing is the preferable position for swats.
That makes so much sense, there has to be honest Scripture to encourage that - AND - there is:
13 Surely God does not hear an empty cry,
nor does the Almighty regard it.
14 How much less when you say that you do not see him,
that the case is before him, and you are waiting for him!
15 And now, because his anger does not punish,
and he does not take much note of transgression,
When my father calmed down - occasionally and rarely - Daddy would say -
With my Shouts of Joy - The Parental Words "I changed my mind, come talk to me about this."
And is this Scripture? Of Course. Mercy.
2 Samuel 24:14
Then David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Let us fall into the hand of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but let me not fall into the hand of man.”
Amen and amen. Let us look to God for the same mercy David knew in Father God. Blessing God for His Grace. Thank You God. Let us take the same time, Father God, in our considerations before our mouth opens and our actions are displayed. AMEN!
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