Proverbs 15:32-33 “He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.”
The ability to take correction reveals our spiritual maturity. I have to do my own spiritual inventory when someone comes to call me out. How I act or react, what I say and do will reveal how much God is in control of my life.
We can say from the sidelines that one who is being corrected needs to be humble. But when we are placed under the spotlight, and the accusations hurt and offend, how we respond will matter much.
We may often think our honor is being impugned, our character assassinated, or our integrity assaulted. Yet, to be calm enough to hear the other and digest the situation can only happen when the Holy Spirit controls us.
When they were brought before the magistrates, Jesus told His disciples to not give a premeditated speech but allow the Holy Spirit to respond through them.
Luke 12:11-12 “And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.”
We are to do the same as we are confronted, accused, and even persecuted.
But when it comes time for us to be instructed or corrected, do we rise to our own defense? Or do we patiently listen for God to guide us through the process?
Hebrews 12:5-6 “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”
Chastening is God’s way of correcting us. Taking it means we are accepting of the love He is showing in doing so.
To do wrong and not be chastened puts our salvation in question.
Hebrews 12:7-8 “If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.”
Many try to judge others based on this, and I have found that the only one who truly knows is being chastened. We can consider the longsuffering of God, not as His approval, but as a space of grace to do that which we know is right.
God shows throughout the Word of God that He corrects nations as a whole and individuals. It is our responsibility to engage with Him in the chastening process to better understand what to do on the other end.
If we take an active part in asking God to search our souls for any and all sin that exists, He will do His part.
Psalm 5:3 “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”
Psalm 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”