CORRECTION? We all learn early in life the concept of correction or at least we should. As children correction is necessary in order to keep us from danger and also to help us learn how to do basic things in this world. I do notice though that some children don’t like to be corrected so they continue in behavior that may be harmful to them or to others. When that happens discipline is often necessary and it can be painful to everyone involved. I think most adults do not like correction or discipline either.

When we become a child of God we come under the guidance of the Holy Spirit both through His indwelling and through our study of the Word of God. It does not take long in the Christian faith for most us to realize that there is a lot in our life that needs correction and God uses His Word to help us understand and correct our ways as we travel down the Christian pathway. The Apostle Paul said, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteous, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work,” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV). Correction of our thinking and of our behavior are both necessary as we follow Jesus in this life.

When we fail to respond to the words of Scripture and like children rebel against God’s words of correction God often must deal with us in discipline. We need to understand that discipline from God because of our rebellion or ignoring of His words of correction comes because God loves us and wants the best for us. The writer of the book of Hebrews said, “Because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son,” (Hebrews 12:6 NIV). A good parent will correct, train and discipline their children. God does the same, “Because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in,” (Proverbs 3:12 NIV). What a blessing to have a heavenly Father who cares for us so much he will correct and train us to walk in His ways. ("Daily Reflections On God's Word" Volume 1 by Dr. Chuck Davis).

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