Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Let's face it; all of us need correction.

Prov. 10:17  People who accept correction are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore it will lead others astray.

Let’s face it; all of us need correction.  No one is beyond the need to be disciplined and straightened out in our thinking.  No one ever lives a fautless godly life and no one understands all things clearly.  If you do not see yourself in need of correction, you have a pride issue and it is sin.

Correction that is Biblically based and done in love accomplishes much good.  It helps us to stay on the pathway of eternal life and to grow.  It should be the goal of every believer to live a godly life, to live by the Word of God.  It should be natural for us to seek counsel when we are in doubt or are struggling to understand and live out the Word properly. 

When we refuse to be corrected, we not only hurt ourselves, we hurt others as well.  A person who cannot be corrected is stuck.  There is no growth.  There is a demeanor that is influenced by his sinful nature.  His counsel is flawed due to a lack of wisdom from the Spirit of Christ.  There is a lack of the fruit of the Spirit in his life. There often develops a warped understanding of God and the life of holiness.  Often such a person is argumentative and refuse to be corrected. He becomes self-righeous thinking he has no sin and cannot sin.  The chances are good that he will lead others away from the Lord as he wallows in his stubbornness.

Only those who are open to new understanding will grow in Christ.  Only those who are humble enough to accept they don’t know it all or have it all together will be useful to God.  Don’t be led astray.  Don’t be so set in your ways that you can’t be corrected.  Listen to the wise counsel of others.  Let the Spirit of God guide you and teach you the ways of the Lord.

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