Today is July 30, 2019

Verse of the Day — 1 Corinthians 13:5

. . . (Love) does not take into account a wrong suffered . . .


To love, you must forget.


Love means a lot more than “never having to say you’re sorry,” and God gave us an incredible outline of real (agape) love in 1 Corinthians 13. Interestingly, the least talked about true love characteristic in that outline is to forget the past mistakes of those you love. As an example, applying the Verse for the Day, if you are keeping a mental list of your spouse’s or good friend’s mistakes, you’re not loving them the way God wants you to love them. God wants you to forgive them the way He forgave you—COMPLETELY!

As far is the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
— Psalm 103:12


Dear Compass, (Re: Proverbs 23:13 . . . Although you strike him with the rod, he will not die.)

I studied Hebrew under a rabbi and he told me that the “rod” doesn’t mean the “stick.” It means the “Word of God.” It is a Hebrew Parallelism.


Your rabbi teacher taught you incorrectly, and you need to always apply Acts 17:11 (“. . . they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.)—even to your pastor’s teaching!. The Hebrew word used here, “shebet,” means “rod, staff, club or scepter.” In the Bible it is also translated as “spear,” “staff” and “club.”

The Bible does not condone permissiveness. Proverbs 13:24, 22:15, and 29:15 tell us in no uncertain terms that we are to spank our children, use a rod or stick, make it hurt, and do it diligently. And the pain caused by a spanking will not kill them, but rather deliver them from hell. Scripture is unabashedly pro-spanking.

Correct your son, and he will give you comfort;
He will also delight your soul.
—Proverbs 29:17

The Bible records the story of Eli not disciplining his sons and instead giving them a mild rebuke. Not obeying God’s instruction regarding discipline brought ruin to his household and ultimately on the priesthood and the nation of Israel.

Now Eli was very old; and he heard all that his sons were doing to all Israel, and how they lay with the women who served at the doorway of the tent of meeting. He said to them, “Why do you do such things, the evil things that I hear from all these people? No, my sons; for the report is not good which I hear the LORD‘s people circulating. If one man sins against another, God will mediate for him; but if a man sins against the LORD, who can intercede for him?” But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for the LORD desired to put them to death. —1 Samuel 2:22-25

We’re pretty sure there is an application there somewhere to those of us living in the Church Age!

And it goes without saying, since spanking is out of love for the child, one should never spank out of anger. So keep control but keep using the stick!


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