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June 13, 2020 Lonnie Wibberding
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A short devotional on Proverbs 13:24. Want to talk? Send an email to umpquaconnect@gmail.com.

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A short devotional on Proverbs 13:24. Want to talk? Send an email to umpquaconnect@gmail.com.

Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.

Today is Saturday, June 13, 2020

When we talk about love, it's a hard word to define. I might say I love chocolate, I love my job, I love my wife, I love my brother. Although all positive, they are all different feelings. I don't have the same feelings about chocolate as I do about my wife. At least in a healthy relationship I shouldn't.

The Bible tells us, true love comes from God. God is love. He is and has this deep, unselfish, I want the best for you, kind of love. That's how Jesus could sacrifice for us, because of this deep, unselfish love.

A lot of feelings pass for love that aren't really unselfish. I may treat you nice, not because I really have a deep care for you, your success, and well being, but because if I treat you well, perhaps you will treat me well. My treatment of you may have nothing to with care for you, but rather what I want from our relationship.

In the text today Solomon addresses this deep, true love in the context of how we deal with our children.

In Proverbs 13:24 he says:

Whoever spares the rod hates their children,
    but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.

This seems a bit harsh at first. People who don't discipline their children hate them? But here is the surface stuff Solomon is getting through. As parents, we don't always want to discipline our children. It's not fun. We want them to love us and don't want the little cherubs to be mad at us. So it's a temptation to skip discipline because of how it makes us feel.

However, those feelings of wanting to be liked by our kids can get in the way of true love for them. Because true love for someone means you want their best good, not necessarily what's best for us. And for our kids, appropriate discipline means they will grow up to have better lives, which is a loving thing to give them.

Whoever spares the rod hates their children,
    but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.

Thanks for connecting.

May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow