Correction. A common thread throughout Proverbs 13.
It seems an almost unacceptable concept and such an abrasive word these days. We live in a culture that does not want to be corrected, convicted or disciplined—no just pacified with an extreme illusion of grace.
Don’t get me wrong, I am a grace person—I couldn’t live without it. In my less mature stages of life, I used grace—basically as a pass to do what I wanted and to view Christianity from my own narrow perspective. As I’ve grown in understanding of the fear of the Lord and the Bible, I now know grace to be the wind beneath the wings, of my obedience to God’s will.
Proverbs 13 starts and ends with guidance on discipline, obedience, correction and rebuke. By now we see that the entire book of Skillful Living (Proverbs) is saturated with scriptures referring to these topics. The Lord is speaking to us— instructing us, for our own good, to be wise and embrace understanding, discipline, correction, rebuke and instruction.
The following six verses from Proverbs 13 portray the importance of submitting to correction.
Verse 1—A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline; a mocker refuses to listen to correction.
Verse 10—Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise.
Verse 13—People who despise advice are asking for trouble; those who respect a command will succeed.
Verse 14—The instruction of the wise is like a life-giving fountain; those who accept it avoid the snares of death.
Verse 18—Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, but he who regards a rebuke will be honored. (NKJ)
Verse 24—Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.
Proverbs 13:24 bluntly states, if parents do not discipline their children—then they hate them! Pretty drastic don’t you think? Let’s face it—God’s Word is radical. (To be honest that’s one reason I love it so much!)
Some may protest—how can God the Father, the God of love, discipline or rebuke His children??? Essentially it’s because of love that He disciplines us—otherwise He’d hate us!
God the Father cares enough for us that He will discipline, convict, correct and rebuke us, so that we can be humble and wise. Please do not get caught up in the devil’s plan and get offended by this.
As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father?
My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.
It’s truth—it’s Bible!
Be encouraged to embrace God’s love by accepting correction—you’ll be all the wiser if you do!
Skillful Living Tools:
- Embrace God’s correction
- View grace as that which helps you obey God’s will
- Be humble—take advice
- Respect a command
- Accept instruction—avoid the snares of death
- Regard a rebuke and be honored
- Love your children enough to discipline them
- Stay clear of offense
- Endure divine discipline
- Don’t get upset when God corrects you
Please share with those who need to live skillfully!
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