For the Lord corrects and disciplines everyone whom He loves, and He punishes, even scourges every son whom He accepts and welcomes to His heart and cherishes. —Hebrews 12:6
As we change and grow in God, we won’t always do everything perfectly. As a result, we need to know how to receive God’s loving correction. God corrects us and disciplines us because He loves us. In Revelation 3:19, Jesus speaks this same truth when He says: “Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults . . . . So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude].”
As I’ve dealt with my children and with hundreds of employees over the years, I’ve discovered that in order for my correction to be effective, it’s essential that the people I correct know that I love and care about them.
The people who struggle most to receive correction are those who do not know they are loved. Instead of feeling corrected for their own good, they feel punished.
No one can receive God’s correction properly without a revelation of His great love. We may hear the correction and even agree with it, but it will only make us feel condemned or angry unless we know it comes from God’s heart of love and will ultimately bring about the changes needed in our lives.
Next time God corrects you, remember that He “dearly and tenderly” loves you and that He accepts you, cherishes you and welcomes you to His heart. Receive His correction as an act of love and respond by saying, “Yes, Lord.”
Love God Today: When You correct me, Lord, I will welcome it, receive it as an expression of Your love for me and say yes to You.
by Joyce Meyer
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