Proverbs 3:11-12 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.
These two verses in Proverbs 3 teach us a very important lesson. First, God corrects His children. He does so, as Hebrews 12 shows us, out of a perfect love for us. Second, God’s correction of His children is for their good. This is how we grow and mature as Christians, this is how we learn to hate sin more and more, and this is how we are ultimately conformed to the image of Jesus Christ. Finally, we must not grow weary of God’s correction. Why be weary of what does your soul the most good? Rather than rebel against God in this way or reject His correctives, we are to embrace them and humbly submit to our good God in them.
- Covet Correction sermon text – Job 5:17-18 “Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty. For he wounds, but he binds up; he shatters, but his hands heal.” [00:28]
- Everyone of us stands in need of regular correction [01:12]
- God’s correction is not something to fear [01:35]
- God has many purposes when He lovingly corrects His children [02:08]
- We need the discipline of the Lord and correction that we might grow and conquer sin in our lives [02:48]
- John Gill quote: “Affliction is a school of instruction, in which the saints learn much of the mind and will of God, and more of his love, grace, and kindness to them; and are enriched with a larger experience of divine and spiritual things.” [02:52]
- The discipline of the Lord shows us our Father’s displeasure [03:25]
- God purposes in correction to purge sin from our lives [04:04]
- Joseph Caryl quote: “Corrections are not sent to take away our comforts, but to take away our corruptions.” [04:46]
- The illustration of Eli’s failure to correct his two sons [05:11]
- Hebrews 12:6-7 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? [05:28]
“When the Father corrects His dear ones, He is saying, “I love you too much to allow you to continue in your sinful ways. I must mold you and conform you the image of my Only Begotten Son, so that you might share in My holiness and My happiness.” [05:37]
“Our Father’s rod is always dipped in honey and after the bitter pain of correction comes the sweet joy of communion.” [06:01]