How does God correct us?
How does God correct his Children? Does God correct us by punishing us with physical, emotional or financial trials and adversities? Are sickness and disease, trials and tribulations, God’s way of helping, and correcting us, if and when we go astray?
Psalms 103: 13Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.14For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
God is our Father, he loves us more perfectly and completely then we love our own children. The above verse says he pitieth his children . He does not look at us, and scrutinize us, and expect us to be perfect, like he is. He remembers that we are but dust.
John 16: 33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Jesus told his disciples in the world there would be tribulations. We are not isolated from every problem in the world, but they are not punishments. God is love and light, and wants us to dwell in his light.
1 John 4: 8He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
If any of us have been blessed to be parents, we know we always want the best for our children. God always wants the best for us.
Matthew 7: 11If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
What about correction then. We may need to be corrected at times, to help us grow and mature from children, into the kings and priests, our Father intends us to be.
Hebrews 12: 8But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
The above verse states God chastens us for our profit, to be partakers of his holiness. How does he go about this chastening?
2 Timothy 3: 16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
God does not beat his children, with pain, or sickness, or punishing of any type. Our Father gently corrects us, by sitting down and explaining our errors through his Holy Word. Picture a father who kneels down, takes his son or daughter by the hand, and gently corrects by explaining. You might be thinking, what if the person does not listen! What if this gentle approach is not severe enough to get our attention. If this describes us, the Bible says we are being foolish.
Proverbs 17: 10A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.
If God were to beat a hard headed person with a hundred stripes, that person will curse God, and become all the more stubborn. This in not our Fathers way.
Romans 2: 4Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
It’s God’s goodness, not his sternness, that leads us to want to repent and improve, and become more like he is.
2 Samuel 22:36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.
Hebrews 4: 12For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
God will correct us, encourage us, instruct us, lift us up, and teach us about himself, and about who we are in Christ. All through his Holy Word. We need to spend time in God’s word, to see how good God is, and how much he loves us.
Psalm 119: 105Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.