That title no doubt brings up images of parents correcting you when you were young, or when you had children and their behavior required that you correct them. That is not what I am referring to.
As David is writing his thoughts on what the Word of God means to him, he adds; “by them is your servant warned” (Psalm 19:11). This is in line with Paul’s words to Timothy, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16–17). If you never feel the personal correction of God through His Word, then you are reading it on a very superficial level and not seeking or allowing the Holy Spirit to bring His conviction as you read the Scriptures.
Jeremiah felt the correcting reproof of God speaking to him; “Is not My Word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” (23:29). We should be thankful when God speaks through His Word and makes us feel the consuming fire on what is not suitable in His presence and in our lives. This convicting process may require His hammer to break up our hardness of heart so the water of the Spirit can soften the soil of our hearts and transform us.
Our greatest spiritual growth usually comes when we accept the Father’s correction. It is never pleasant, but “yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11). I trust you are learning from the Father’s correction!
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