What Is Moral Protection ?
The value found in the results of Christian reproof, rebuke and chastening is moral protection.
Reproof and rebuke, when used correctly according to Christian values, is not administered in a harmful,
or in harsh human judgment way. But reproof and rebuke of the righteous, is delivered in considerate
concern for the well being of others.
Reproof, rebuke and chastening are Godly disciplines, they are to be used in tender concern, for good
developmental control of bad behavior, and deceptive devices, that are impulsively used in self-destruction
and the destruction of others.
When people neglect reproof of misdeeds they are condoning deceptiveness, that leads to compliance with
the beginning "seeds of sin" through their misconduct.
Without proper constraint people will rebel, and go along with the filth of the world, and move through an
open door to sin. It all begins with condoning sin in others.
Why do you admonish a child?
To help them to see the truth
To help them overcome the default self-nature, that can trip them up into yielding to sinful participation
To help them to make better decisions
To help them have good guidelines necessary to live a good life, the way Jesus lived on earth
To help them to handle themselves well, in social interactions with other
To help them to understand the negatives in the world around them,
To know what are harmful attitudes and desires
To help them to know why the ways of the Lord helps them in life, and gives them high morals necessary for a happier life.
To help them to understand that they feel more protected, and loved, if they are admonished in love
To help them achieve high moral standards
God's chastening is always in compassionate love, for his children, never in harsh anger, as people tend to display. It's given in a way that strengthens and supports the hearer. Not in force, nor is it physical, it is spoken in a firm way so the meaning is clear, that bad behaviors are not to be tolerated.
Discipline has to be by example, so the one chastening can't tell their child not to give into temper tantrums, if they are in the midst of one themselves. You wait until you are in control until you admonish another person.
Discipline others in the wisdom given to you by the Holy Spirit, for the good of the other person, in loving kindness, so the recipient will gain value from your admonition. Discipline is for the moral protection of the one being disciplined.
The message of discipline according to the Bible is to warn people of the harm in any, and all sin. The reason discipline is given is to keep people from self-destruction in sin, and from destroying others. The way discipline is given is through the word of God, and by the flow of the fulness of God's love through His amazing Grace.
Chastening, and admonishing through reproofs, and rebukes are God's way of discipline for the children of God. Sin is to be renounced, reproved, and rebuked during any phase of it's inception, in order to deliver the person out of the devastation, that sin always brings in it's wake.
Good, Godly discipline helps to lift up children in the Lord, and in families, discipline doesn't knock them down. They are able to obtain to higher morals, and have confidence that they are being looked after well enough to guide them through, and past obstacles, in the world.
Chastisement, is a mark of the Father's love, it is a denunciation of sin.
Deuteronomy 8:5 Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee.
Proverbs 3: (11) My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:
(12) For who the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighted.
Revelations 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Admonish means, to reprove mildly or kindly, but seriously. To counsel against something; caution; warn. To point out something forgotten or disregarded, by means of a warning, reproof, exhortation. To bring to someone's mind. To remind, advise. Admonish stresses the act of advising or warning so that a fault may be rectified or a danger avoided.
Reprove usually implies gentle criticism and constructive intent.
Rebuke refers to sharp, usually angry criticism, as does reprimand, which often also implies official or otherwise formal act.
Reproach usually refers to sharp criticism made regretfully or unhappily out of a sense of disappointment.
Chasten is to correct for the purpose of improving. To punish; restrain, moderate. To criticize severely. To refine, purify. Chasten is applied only when the significance is moral or spiritual.
You can relieve your children's anxiety, if you simple listen to them, intently listen as they talk to you. When you give them the opportunity to tell you their innermost thoughts, without anger, bad attitude, or repercussions, you free them of the anxiety of confiding in you. Allow them to be their more maturing self, stop treating them like babies. Let them be true to themselves, don't put them in the position of having to pretend to be someone else, according to your different opinion of them, let them ask the questions that they need answered.
Stop trying to defend their bad behaviors, allow them the security of knowing you have guidelines in life, that will keep them safe in forming good habits, instead of bad ones. They can depend on you to keep them out of the danger zones. Dangerous situations where they can get into trouble. The danger zone, is where their old bad behavior is triggered and it can get them in deeper, and deeper into trouble.
The consequences of bad behavior comes from lack of discipline, not because of good discipline. Bad outcomes come from lack of proper discipline, for the right reasons. You cannot reprove another person, if you are out of self-control, and you are acting out of a worse emotional state than he one you are reproving.
Bad discipline, becomes abuse when a person rises up in anger themselves, it becomes a war zone, rather than a way of effecting the moral strength, that comes from guiding someone away from harm. The repercussions from such an emotional display, brings out the worst in the hearer, not the best.
Bad discipline creates rebellion, instead of changing attitudes and behavior, it makes them worse.
What children don't understand is that their parents are growing up as well, they are learning their own life lessons. Like children, sometimes "they just don't get it" when a problem arises. They get upset themselves, frustrated with the added pressure of a child throwing a temper tantrum, so they throw one them self in response to the child's emotional display.
What a terrible outcome, when both of them allow anger to be struck like sandpaper rubbing against a match head. It becomes an explosive encounter for both of them, and like a volcano erupting the fallout spills over into their home and future, and both are worse off at the end of that outburst of rage.
Good admonishment is to help the listener, to improve greatly, to get well established in good behaviors and thinking. The precautionary measures, are to give the corrective balance that will offset, sin and temptation that leads to failure or death.
When the word of God is understood and righteously lived, a Christian will be aligned with the Lord's way of living. It will be a peaceful, way of life, without erratic behavior, rebelliousness, or lawlessness. It will be a good life, without the chaos.
Proverbs 1: 23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make my words know unto you.
(5) A fool despiseth his father's instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.
(6) In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
Proverbs 10:17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
Prudent means, wise in handling practical matters; exercising good judgment or common sense. Careful about one's conduct.
Hebrews 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou are art rebuked of him.
The Bible is filled with the checks and balances for peoples lives, it shows what should be done for righteous living and what happens to people who choose to live unrighteously. The Holy Bible shows the "pros and cons" of all actions or reactions for incidents and events, that occur in peoples lives. The Bible tells us the rewards and penalties, of every action.
When you correctly admonish someone you are defending them against all harm, whether physically, intellectually, or spiritually.
Defend means, to protect from danger, attack, or ham; shield; guard. To support or maintain, as by argument or action; justify. Defend implies use of countermeasures in repelling an actual attack.
Protect suggests providing a cover to repel discomfort, injury, or attack.
Guard suggests keeping watch over a person or thing.
Shield suggests protection in the form of something or someone placed between the threat and the threatened.
Safeguard stresses protection against potential or less imminent danger, often by preventative action.
(11) But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee,.
(12) For thou, Lord will bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him with a shield.
Psalms 31:2 Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for a house of defense to save me.
The voice of someone who loves or cares for you might say the following.
When I warn you or caution you, it's because I love you. It's because I want to help you avoid getting into harmful situations, through your actions or words.
When I rebuke or reprove you it's because I want to protect you from some perceived problem.
I caution you to help you to be safe in a violent and dangerous world. I chasten you so you so you can become a more valuable person, for those around you, and for your own best self-achievements.
Be thankful for good discipline for people who love, or care about you, they have courage to go beyond any negative feelings that might arise, for the better good of the individual. This is one of the reasons that scripture tells us, "be sure the truth will set you free."
~ Joan Jessalyn Cox ~KJV Bible Quotes
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