In America today, these verses would not be well-accepted. I can see it now, CPS at my door for posting this verse on my blog! However, it's a good thing for me that I do not answer to American culture. Instead, I answer to God.
He has given me these precious (sometimes) children to nurture, love, and raise for His glory. And, He has given me instructions on how to do so. If He tells me not to withhold discipline, then I should probably obey! When I read this verse a couple of days ago, I felt my face turn red. Why? Well, I was ashamed of myself. I'd been having a rough couple of weeks with my kids misbehaving and I realized that it was because I was being slow to discipline. As a mom, I never get a break and sometimes it's just easier to be inconsistent or to bribe them out of making a scene. Reading this was like a slap in the face! By being lazy, I was contributing to their bad behavior and making life worse for myself. If I want to incline their souls toward Jesus, I must teach them obedience, selflessness, and self-control now. If that means bringing out the spanking spoon a little quicker and more often, then so be it. I've got to stop being so lazy because the alternative to disciplining them is to incline "their souls to death." How scary is that?
Anyways, I just thought I'd share...deep thoughts from the Confession Mama!