Can You Give and Receive Correction?
The word ‘correction’ is not one we are always comfortable with. It sometimes brings back memories of frowning parents, strict teachers, and painful consequences. Or we think of the risk of destroying a relationship rather than the possibilities of strengthening and enriching it. ‘Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.’
We all need someone to tell us the truth because others have 20/20 vision where we have blind spots. Yes, someone may react defensively, but they may also be thrilled to realize you care more about their ultimate well-being than their immediate response to you.
Corrections made from a loving spirit, not a self-righteous, ‘I-know-what’s-best’ attitude are usually well received. If others sense you are genuinely concerned for them and long for a better relationship, they are likely to consider what you have to say and be open to making changes.
Think of the courage Nathan the prophet showed in confronting David over his sin with Bathsheba. As king, David held the power of life and death over Nathan. But Nathan loved David too much to allow sin to rob David of his destiny.
God often uses us in each other’s lives to restore us to the narrow yet rich paths of destiny that He has preordained. Looking back, David could say, ‘Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word’ (Psalms 119:67 AKJV).
There are times when wisdom says, ‘Mind your own business and stay out of it.’ And there are other times when wisdom says, ‘Because you love them, get involved.’
‘Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.’ Proverbs 27:6 NKJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Proverbs 1:23; 2:1, 4-5; 3:5-6; 8:13, 17, 34-35
if you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my Spirit to you; I will make my words known to you! If you receive My words & treasure up My commandments with you, if you seek it like silver & search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord & find the knowledge of God! Trust in the Lord with all your heart, & do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, & He will make straight your paths! The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil! I love those who love me, & those who seek me diligently find me! Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors! For whoever finds me finds life! Seek Him today! Never delay!