Posts Tagged ‘correction’

  

“My child, don’t reject the LORD’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you.” (Proverbs‬ ‭3:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Just when you thought that you’ve heard it all…

According to a report in the International Business Times on 8.28.15, two sisters in India, one of whom is only 15-years-old, have been “sentenced” to rape as “punishment” after their brother had an affair with a married woman. An unelected all-male village council in Baghpat district, Uttar Pradesh, ordered that Meenakshi Kumari, 23, and her teenage sister will also be paraded through the streets naked, with blackened faces, as they are made to pay the price for their brother’s alleged transgressions. And this is the norm for how this council has operated for years. Ugh

According to our text, God does bring punishment for sinful behavior, but never a heinous thing like this! Our God is a loving Father that desires for all His children to do right, like a good Dad should. While His correction fits the sin, it has an ultimate goal: not to bring suffering, but restoration of relationship. 

Good parents and right government should both have fair and firm corrective policies. You can’t love without it, otherwise you are only enabling. But I’m grateful that our wonderful Father cares enough to do it the right way and bring our hearts back home! You are loved! 

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“But when Pharaoh saw that the rain, hail, and thunder had stopped, he and his officials sinned again, and Pharaoh again became stubborn.” (Exodus‬ ‭9‬:‭34‬ NLT)

“The Flood of 1955” was one of the worst tragedies to hit Connecticut, causing 87 deaths and millions of dollars of damage. According to a report by Jeanne A. LeBlanc of the Hartford Courant, one of the worst heartbreaks was the deaths of Patrick & Margaret Mullin, both 70. After being safely rescued and evacuated to Westminster School, they walked back to their house as the pre-dawn flood waters were rising. They would later be found drowned in their attic. Once safe, now perished. 

We are all guilty of Pharaoh’s sin, of seeing God move yet continuing on in stubborn wrong decisions. God doesn’t make us that way, we freely choose it and then reap the after-effects. The sad part is when our poor decisions cost others a price. Stubbornness does that. 

The Bible and history books are filled with stubbornness that resulted in tragedy. Study why the Bible compares stubbornness to idolatry [see 1 Samuel 15:23], then let your heart be open to God’s correction and instruction that leads to life! You are loved today! 

  

“Promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching.” (Titus‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬ NLT)

In 2009, Tammie Lohman, 37, was incarcerated at the Washington Correctional Center for Women, doing a stint for robbery. Then her daughter, Nikki, 18, was sent up for identity fraud. While in prison, Nikki gave birth to a son, Logan. For a time, three generations of family resided under a single prison roof. Would this be a legacy? They are hoping not. 

We are all products of what we are taught and what we choose. Being taught good morals doesn’t necessarily translate into a right lifestyle, but the odds are greater that they will be. By being in a healthy, vibrant church and among encouraging people, we tend to become a more moral, healthy, blessed, and happy people. And although some people aren’t, you can virtually guarantee that you won’t be by not participating in a church. Absence of good will always lead to bad.

As you start your weekend, come to church and make sure to involve God in your life. A strong church family is necessary for godly growth and emotional support. Let your generations be found in better places because they are being taught and raised right! Have a great weekend! You are loved! 

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They say to the seers, ‘See no more visions!’ and to the prophets, ‘Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions.'” (Isaiah‬ ‭30‬:‭10‬ NIV)

Søren Kierkegaard was a 19th-century Danish theologian and philosopher. Still a lightning rod years after his death, Kierkegaard was known for his attack on the empty formalities and shallowness of the Church of Denmark. In reference to the issue of self-deception, something he saw both in the world and the church, he once said, “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”

We all like to see life through our rose-colored glasses because negativity is such a drain. But as Christians, we must live passionately for truth, even that which hurts us. A true disciple knows not only the sting of correction, but also the benefit of the needed change, as well as the love of a friend who may have shared it. When we practice self-deception (“I’m a good person”, “God knows my heart”, “They had that coming”…), we become blind to real truth, the things that set us free. And self-imposed bondage is the most shameful of all.

Be a person of truth! The hard admissions that we must reconcile only serve to make us stronger disciples, a people that can lead out of a true example, not a hollow shell of how we wish to be seen. Embrace hard truth! You are loved today!

For there are many rebellious [church] people who engage in useless talk and deceive others. Reprimand them sternly to make them strong in the faith.” (Titus 1:10, 13 NLT)

In most of the broad spectrum of Life, I observe two kinds of people: Those who appreciate being corrected so they can learn from their mistakes and those who are offended by being corrected. If it’s done right, many don’t mind the learning lesson. But if we live easily offended and cannot ever be corrected, then what will be our learning curve for a better, more productive life?

The Bible tells us that we must be both correcting and correctable. For the former, it must be done in a loving manner and never out of our selfishness. For the latter, we’ll never become refined and strong in our faith without it. Correction should never be viewed as “here’s what’s wrong with you”, but “there is a better way for your life”!

Let God help you find your balance. If you correct people all the time, check your motives and understand that THAT is a huge reason people may avoid you. If you hate being corrected, it stems from a low self-esteem and an offendable spirit. Neither of these are good! Live to be both enriching and enriched! Let life get better for you both! You are loved today!
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