My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.
I have been corrected more times than I can count. I’ve been corrected for small things and I’ve been corrected for big things. I’ve been corrected informally and I’ve faced formal church discipline. Sometimes it’s been done well and sometimes it’s been done poorly. Sometimes it’s been from the tongue of a friend, sometimes it’s come from the mouth of those who oppose me. The one common thing however is that in the end when I have yielded to the rebuke of the Lord, whatever the source, I have always been blessed and grown through the process.
How do you handle it when someone points out you’re wrong? Are you hard to correct? Do you respond well when someone questions your judgment, or attitude or actions?
Scripture says here that the Lord reproves those He loves. The rebuke and the chastisement of the Lord is something that he does for believers not to punish them but to grow them and mature them. Hebrews 12 says that it doesn’t seem pleasant at the time but painful, nevertheless it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
It is easy to be dismissive of the council or reproofs that are given to us but in the proverb above we are advised to not take these things lightly. Our sanctification into righteousness and holiness can be at stake.
As one who has benefited time and time again from being corrected and being disciplined I encourage you to be encouraged when you are being disciplined. Know that it is a sign of God’s love for you not his wrath. It is for our good and so we may share in His holiness.
This doesn’t mean that we submit to every human authority that questions us and it doesn’t mean that all criticism should be adhered to. It does mean however that when we feel the conviction of the Lord through the council of those around us we should listen carefully and take it seriously.
Perhaps the rebuke you have been given has been given in the wrong spirit or by the ‘wrong’ person or in a poor manner. Perhaps there is a mixture of fact and fiction in the judgment made against you. Whatever the case may be it is to your benefit and to God’s glory to learn from it and receive the discipline of the Lord with joy.