This post was first published on Timothy Generation.
Just reading that word can wound a person’s pride.
Pride is always uncomfortable in the presence of Correction.
All pride brings you is destruction. But correction that’s received brings growth.
Today I went to lunch with a friend, and they began to share some areas in my life where they noticed some things that required correction and change.
They weren’t saying it to me out of a “know it all” attitude, but solely to speak some truth to me, in love.
As they were talking to me, exposing an area that needed God’s help, I remember having a choice to make.
I could say, “Well, that’s not really the case. You don’t know the whole story. God is speaking to me what I need to change and that’s not it. I respect you and thank you, but I don’t really see this an area I need to work on.”
Or, if I was to be honest with myself, I would admit it and say, “I want to thank you for pointing that out. I do need correction in that area and I’m trusting the Lord to help me. But thank you for pointing it out. I receive that correction and will make it a point to change.”
I’m thankful to say that I chose the second option, even though my flesh wanted to say, “Keep a good face!” “Don’t let anyone see you really have weakness!”
We really never want to be wrong, but more times than we probably want to admit, we are.
And that’s ok.
Friends, nobody is perfect. If they say they are, then they are obviously not, because they just told a lie.
We all have a choice to make to receive correction with joy, or dismiss it with pride. But if we don’t truly receive correction we’ll NEVER grow.
Ephesians 4:15 says, “ Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”
I don’t want to stay the same. I want to grow to become more like Jesus.
The good thing about Correction that comes from the Father God, is it is done in Love and it is done with Grace. If He loves you, He will correct you (Hebrews 12:6). If you love Him, you will receive it. (John 14:15)
Yes, a shortcoming was exposed in my life. But I knew I didn’t have to overcome it with my own strength. But God’s overwhelming Grace is there to help me in the midst of correction.
And with the power of Love and Grace, great growth in my life will be allowed.
So next time someone points something out to you that they see needs changing (and don’t worry, they will), don’t just throw it out, even if it’s something you’ve never considered before.
Let’s humble ourselves before the Lord, receive the correction He lovingly gives, and get ready for a growth spurt.