When God spanks us

We all know a person that can get away with everything. It seems that no matter what they do, they don’t get punished. It may seem, however, that as soon as we do something wrong, we get caught. When we were younger our inability to go without correction was probably irritating, but as Christians, we should be thankful when God corrects us quickly.

Proverbs 3:11-12 reminds us, "My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth." When we are soon corrected or receive the pricking of the Holy spirit, we are enjoying the privileges of being God’s child. He loves us and demonstrates His love by correcting our wrong actions. So I would like to encourage you, next time you find yourself in the position of being corrected by God, thank Him for His grace. When we experience the Lord’s chastening we probably will not enjoy it.

As Hebrews 12:11 reads, "Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: " God’s correction obviously won’t be fun. We can receive God’s correction and allow it to change us, or we can choose to reject it and harden ourselves against God’s love. If we allow God’s correction to change us, it will, as Hebrews 12:11 promises, yield the peaceable fruit of righteousness. I would like to challenge you, allow God’s correction to change your life. When you receive His chastening, remember that He is correcting you because He loves you.

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. -Hebrews 12:6

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