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.
Example: Garden of Eden. God told Adam and Eve to not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. In spite of the warning they ignored correction, they failed terribly. Their life became a life of poverty and shame.
3. Keeps you in God’s will.
Proverbs 10:17 17 People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray.
If you have an open heart towards correction it will keep you in God’s will. You will never go astray. Example: Warnings received when selecting life partners.
How does God correct me?
God uses various means to correct a child of God. If we are sensitive to the corrections God brings we can catch it then and there.
1. Word of God. Psalm 119:105 105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
2 Timothy 3:16 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
The word of God corrects and directs a child of God. It may be through reading the Word of God. You can also be corrected when you are listening to the sermon preached by servants of God. Be sensitive you will understand it.
2. Others. Sometimes we can be corrected by others whom God brings in our life. These can include: Spouse, children, friends, juniors, seniors, pastors, believers, prophets and likewise.
In the book of Galatians 1 we find Paul correcting Peter. The early church had a common meal called the Love Feast in which all the Jews and gentiles would eat together. This was probably the only meal the slave gentiles would eat in a week. However Peter ate this meal with Jews and gentiles initially. Then a group of orthodox Jews came from Jerusalem to this church who shared the view that Jews and gentiles are different and Peter smartly kept away from this common meal. See how Paul rebukes/corrects Peter. Galatians 2:11-14 11When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. 12Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. 13The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray. 14When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, "You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?