When you truly love someone, you desire to see them happy. But more than their happiness, you desire to see them better. Meaning, you recognize their flaws and mistakes, but you don't allow them to remain that way. There are some friends you'll have in this world, that will see you headed into destruction and remain silent. Then there are those, who will speak, the moment you veer off-track.
On this faith walk, God will constantly bring out His rod of correction. As our shepherd, He has a higher perspective than us. Which allows Him to see the dangers and traps that lie up ahead. And instead of allowing the enemy to sift us like wheat, He disciplines us to bring us back in alignment with His perfect will.
At the time, the correction God brings can be very painful. It requires us to self-examine and face some truths, many of us would rather ignore. But in those moments of chastisement and introspection, something much greater happens. We grow. We change. And more importantly, we remain in God's loving care and protection.
Regardless of how you feel momentarily, God's discipline is love...
"My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves,as a father the son he delights in."
Proverbs 3:11-12 NIV
"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."
Hebrews 12:11 NIV
Song(s) Meditation: Psalm 23 by Marvin Sapp
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Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
Share with us a moment of correction that was at first painful, but then proved to be fruitful for you.