“Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you.” (Proverbs 9:8).
As time goes by, the approach of men also gets tougher and tougher. No one is willing to pay heed to counsels or advices. They say “I know everything. I need no advice. I can plan my future myself”. We cannot chastise the school children of today. We cannot wipe out their foolishness with the usage of cane. If done, there will be demonstrations and protests all around by the local people.
Once, a female professor of a college in Chennai sadly said “In the past one or two years, the religious morality among students has greatly deteriorated. Even within one or two days of joint classes, illicit relationship gets developed among them. There after they will be staying in the class at the most for an hour and all other times they will be off the campus with insane intentions. Whether they study well or not, the college could secure a good reputation only if such students are also listed as promoted.”
Solomon says “Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.” The children brought up by parents with reverence will gleefully accept the advices and ideas. King David humbly writes “Let the righteous strike me; it shall be a kindness. And let him rebuke me; it shall be as excellent oil; let my head not refuse it. For, still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.” (Psalm 141:5).
Likewise you also may commit to all the advices of your parents. “A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother.” (Proverbs 10:1). Truly speaking, the strictness my father showed towards me and his advices during my youth days are extremely helpful to me even at this age. My heart is filled with happiness whenever the thought of him comes to my mind.
Children with wisdom honour and glorify their parents and through that inherit all the blessings. “Honour your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” (Ephesians 6:2-3).
When young, no one realises how hard it is to bring up the children and how sacrificial the mother would have been for the sake of the welfare of the children. But when people get married and once they are with a child, the difficulties of their parents in bringing them up stand crystal clear before them. Dear children of God the blessing of the parents is the greatest of all other blessings. So love and honour them.
To meditate: “My son, be wise and make my heart glad, that I may answer him who reproaches me.” (Proverbs 27:11).