Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Ant and the Grasshopper, How Does That Relate to the Bible?, Who Do We Let Influence Our Lives?, What Does the Bible Say About Sparing the Rod?

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling

The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.  Proverbs, Chapter 13: 4.

This reminds me of the story my grandfather used to tell me when I was little about the Ant and the Grasshopper.  The ant worked busily throughout the spring, summer and fall and put food away for the winter while the Grasshopper enjoyed himself and played.  Then when the winter came along, the Ant had a plenty of food to last him and the lazy Grasshopper was cold and hungry.
Here is a related passage:
*Slothfulness casteth into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.  Proverbs, Chapter 19, verse 15.

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.  Proverbs, Chapter 13, verse 20.

Well, I have sadly noticed something over my years as a teacher.  I have often placed a student who was a good role model next to a disruptive student.  I thought the positive role model’s example would rub off on the disruptive student.  Almost every time, I found the exact opposite to be true.  It seems the role model student almost always starts taking on some of the characteristics of the disruptive student, not the other way around.

I think that this often applies to Christians, as well.  I think we often take on the traits of the people we hang around.  If we associate with people who live their lives focused on God, we are more apt to live in a similar manner.  If we hang around people who have worldly values and make lifestyle choices that don’t reflect their love for God, then we are more apt to live our lives in a like manner.  It boils down to who you think God would want influencing your life.

What Does the Bible Say About Sparing the Rod?

He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.  Proverbs, Chapter 13, verse 24.

Parents often feel guilty for being away from their children with their work and other things that take them away from home.  At times, some parents over compensate by giving their children all they desire, overlooking the child’s disobedience without realizing how counterproductive it is. 

If a parent gives in to a child’s demands when they are young and doesn’t provide appropriate consequences for misbehavior, do you think that child will behave any differently as a teenager or adult?  Maybe correcting children and having reasonable expectations for them while they’re young would be to their best advantage.  Our ultimate goal should be that they grow into responsible Christian men and women.

Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.

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