Becoming whole and healthy
'The Lord corrects those he loves.' Proverbs 3:12 NCV
No-one likes being corrected. It's never fun to be 'called out' for something 'unhelpful' we said or did. But we need to understand that correction from God isn't punishment or criticism, but an opportunity to become more like Jesus - our ultimate aim as his followers. God's correction shows us the better way to speak or behave.
When God corrects us, hard as it may seem to do, we should welcome it. His Word tells us: 'My child, do not reject the Lord's discipline, and don't get angry when he corrects you. The Lord corrects those he loves, just as parents correct the child they delight in' (Proverbs 3:11-12 NCV). It also says: 'So hold on through your sufferings, because they are like a father's discipline. God is treating you as children. All children are disciplined by their fathers...God disciplines us to help us, so we can become holy as he is. We do not enjoy being disciplined. It is painful at the time, but later, after we have learned from it, we have peace, because we start living in the right way' (Hebrews 12:7, 11 NCV).
God wants us to become holy (living in the right way). He loves us so much that he wants to help transform us into whole, healthy beings. And he never angrily punishes us: he gently corrects us, guides us back to the right path, and strengthens us so we can keep walking the right way.
So what now? Next time you feel God's correcting you, thank him for the opportunity to learn and become whole and healthy.
Soulfood: Isa 1-3, Matt 9:27-38, Ps 96, Pro 3:5-6