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August 15th, 2019
We don’t particularly enjoy being corrected. Especially when we think we are absolutely justified in our thinking or behavior.
The fact is all children need discipline from time to time. If we are disciples of Jesus, we are God’s Children.
He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
John 1:10-13 (NLT)
The intensity and type of discipline depends entirely on the child and the issue being corrected.
Consequently, if we have only slightly misbehaved, we get gentle reminders, if we persist and push the limits then the limits of the correction grow proportional with it.
This isn’t a fluke of the language of the Bible, the refences to us as being sheep, children, warriors, and servants are made, because they reflect the distinction of those references in our relationship with the King of Kings.
So, yes, we are His Children and as such, we have much to learn from God. We also tend not to always listen to the instructions of our Father as well as we should. Ultimately, we get out of step with Daddy God and as a result we must be corrected.
For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.
Hebrews 12:6 (NLT)
There is no getting around it. If we are His children we must expect that once in a while we will be facing punishment for our errors in judgement.
God does try to buffer us from this punishment however, but just like children, we often don’t want to listen to the direction that He gives us and especially when that instruction is regarding things that we are accustomed to doing and having ‘our own way’.
Sounds a little childish, does it not?
Minimizing the risks
Smart children quickly come to understand that if they do wrong, the punishment is inevitable. As a result, they consider what their parents desires are. Then take that knowledge and put it to practice in their behavior.
God our Father has given us His Word, as a marvelous reference, not only for us to know how he would like us to conduct ourselves, but also providing examples and historical truth. Truth we can take stock in and apply to our own lives.
In addition to this monumental resource, God does something that most parents can’t afford to provide for their children. He provides each of us with a full time, twenty-four / Seven instructor. Teaching us that which would be mystery to us without his guidance. The Holy Spirit is always with us and he’s always willing to provide us the guidance we crave. The only issue we have is that we sometimes don’t really want to take His advice. If we did, it would mean we’d have to change our behavior.
But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
John 14:26 (NLT)
The Spirit of God as our own tutor, “he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”
This isn’t a cram course on Godliness. The Spirit is with us constantly and forever! He is ready, willing and able to teach us everything! Paul references this in his letter to the Colossians.
We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
Colossians 1:9b-10 (NLT)
Listening to the Holy Spirit is critical for us to understand God’s Word and receive the proper instructions we need to follow God’s will.
There is a third thing that God provides to give us the means to lessen the correction that we require.
Just as talking with human parents allows the child to comprehend better what the parent desires of them, so it is with God our Father.
Just like a human parent God is eager to hear what is on our hearts just as human parents do with their children.
God wants us in constant communication with him. He also desires that we are filled with joy and praise regardless of our circumstances.
Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)
Doing these three things will minimize the correction due us. And very well could help you avoid a few spankings.
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In His Grace!