Word 4U Today



What does God’s correction look like? Back in the Old Testament, the consequences of messing up were steeeeeep. Plagues of locusts and pillars of salt, anyone?

Jesus came so that if we accept Him, we don’t get punished like we deserve. But that doesn’t mean God sits idly by while we get on with crazy living. Correction, rather than punishment, is a sign of a God who loves us and wants the best for us.

Sometimes correction might come in the form of direct consequence.

If you get drunk and end up vomiting all over your new shoes, you might think again before drinking too much, right?

Alternatively, correction might feel like a quiet spiritual prompting.  A tiny voice inside that says, ‘Not that way…’ And you can choose – because you can always choose – whether or not you listen.

Part of the point of being corrected is so that you don’t stay the same. Romans 12: 2 (NIV) says ‘…be transformed by the renewing of your mind…’ and in 2 Corinthians 3:18, Paul says that we’re all ‘…being transformed…’ into God’s likeness. That process requires change, and – yes – correction. The key is to lift your gaze from your correction to His process.

What now?

Take a moment today to think about the ways you feel God corrects you. Do you need to become more sensitive to His nudges? Could you do with learning from the consequences of a lesson you’ve repeated over and over?

‘…The LORD corrects everyone He loves…’ Proverbs 3:12

Joy Ferdiz

April 15th, 2014

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