And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:5-11 NIV)
I have observed that one of the most difficult things for a person to do is receive correction. Sadly, the standards by which right and wrong are measured have changed dramatically over the years. However, right and wrong can only be measured by the eternal standard (Matthew 24:35 KJV) which is God’s Word. Today, I’m going to discuss how receiving correction by God’s Word will give you the advantage in life.
Let me begin my pointing out some of the root causes of people rejecting correction. The first is the lack of reverence for God. Now when I say lack of reverence, don’t think of the most extreme example of blatant disrespect. It could be something as simple as neglecting to pay tithe. Referring to Jesus as “Lord” is more than just a title; He actually is THE LORD of your life, meaning that you should consider what He thinks in all areas of your life. Another is a lack of of understanding of the purpose of scripture The Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV), “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” Notice who scripture comes from…it’s God. Many people believe that scripture is based on the ideas of men and that’s wrong. Men wrote the pages, but the ideas are from God, so trust that every word that comes from Him is for your benefit.
One of the first things that you would notice about receiving correction is that things will always turn out well for you. God, speaking throughout the prophet Jeremiah, said “But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.” (Jeremiah 7:23 KJV). King David called the word a lamp on his feet and a light on his path (Psalm 119:105 KJV). Why? He knew that the word would set him on the right track. You’ll notice that you avoid errors that others make. You may have been on the road to destruction in your relationship, finances, or job but some how you received a word that steered you from continuing that course. You may even see others complete the wrong path you started on and think to yourself, “Thank God someone told me not to do that! That could have been me!”
Another benefit of receiving correction is that you can now teach others. For example, think about someone who at one point in time wasn’t giving their tithe and a brother or sister told them the importance of it. That person would go on to teach their loved ones the same principle. Imagine how many generations would be saved from destruction just from that one person learning to yield to the Word in such a simple matter!
The unique thing about truth is that it doesn’t always appeal to the senses. Jesus had to correct the religious minds of His day on several occasions, often resulting in an offended crowd. The problem is that they didn’t believe He was the Son of God and therefore had no reverence for His words. Always keep in mind that God’s correction isn’t intended to please your emotions, nor is it intended to defend your pride or opinions. It is for the proper cultivation of your spirit. Never forget that God loves you dearly and will bring correction to you when necessary. The key to receiving the most from correction is to remain humble. There are those who will even communicate the right thing in the wrong way; don’t respond in anger, but be sure to make a diligent effort to filter out the truth from what is being said. The bad communication of another person should never corrupt the state of your heart. Keep these things in mind and you’ll be amazed how much your life will improve.