Summary: What the Bible says about correction? Why we need correction? Who can correct me as a person? How to deal with receiving correction?
Dealing with correction
Introduction: We usually like to associate ourselves with people who praise us or celebrate us. We have a feeling what we do is always right and we want people to praise us. We do not like anyone pointing their finger at our mistakes, and if anyone does point out our mistakes we tend to hate that person.
Subject: Dealing with correction Series: Christian Discipline
This morning we are going to see: What the Bible says about correction? Why we need correction? Who can correct me as a person? How to deal with receiving correction?
Proverbs 12:1 1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.
The Bible calls the person who hates correction as stupid.
Prophet Jeremiah prayed that God would correct him. He knew he needed correction.
Jeremiah 10:23-24 23 I know, O LORD, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps. 24 Correct me, LORD, but only with justice— not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing.
Our ways are not always right, therefore we need correction.
We are never perfect in whatever we do. Every person need to be corrected. A champion player cannot be a champion player without a coach. The coach corrects each step of the player which in turn makes him the champion. A president/prime minister has advisors. The advisors correct him/guide him through every speech. That is why what they say has value. In life everyone needs correction. Husband, wife, children, staff at office, a boss, a business man all need correction. Never ever think what you are doing is always right. We all need correction. Say to the person sitting next to you, “I think I need some correction.”
We are so fortunate we have the Bible with us. Bible is a book of correction. Every scripture is given to you and me for correcting our lives. 2 Timothy 3:16 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
Why do we need correction?
1. Keeps you out of ignorance.
Proverbs 15:5 5 A fool spurns (rejects) his father’s discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
Parents always understand when their children go off track. God has given them the ability to sense danger. Things you cannot see are seen by people around you. If you receive correction you will be out of ignorance, you will be aware of the dangers ahead in your life.
2. Keeps you prosperous.
Proverbs 13:18 18 He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored.
Many times people take their own decisions in life, business, family, studies and they think it is good and right for them. Right through all these decision making God would have sent someone in your life to keep you in check, to question your decision whom you hated the most. You have gone ahead with the decision and you have failed terribly. But there are a few who are wise and pay attention to these warnings, they are prosperous the Bible says.
God sends warning before every fall and if you do not correct yourself when you hear the warnings you will fail terribly.