Sunday, November 18, 2018
Read: Hebrew 12:4-12
MEMORISE: Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it (Hebrew 12:11).
Paul in his epistle to Timothy, his spiritual son, told us that one of the things that the Bible does is reproof. This is reprimanding and punishing any violation of its precepts. Actually, all children always want to be loved, cherished and pampered, if possible, by their parents. They want overprotection, even when they err, most of the times. No reasonable parent/guardians will accept that. The Bible even admonishes us not to spare the rod in order not to waste the child’s life.
Somebody says, “If a white man likes you, he puts you to jail when you offend him!” God’s love is not like that. He takes time to patiently correct us in love. This is why we must allow love to be the undertone in our attempt to rebuke others.
Correction differs from condemnation; condemnation is not correction. “Oh no! You ought not to do that.” “…you fool! You have done bad… in fact, you are bad because you have done what is not good!” The difference is love in the former, whereas it is absent in the latter.
You may be in the position to blame, criticize and condemn others now. Who knows, maybe, you may later be blamed, criticized and condemned. Love in your reproof and let the corrected not see the correction as condemnation! Stay intact in God’s will.
1. Oh Lord, let me not be a bastard who refuses Your living reproof.
2. Lord, let me not waste away through indiscipline.
3. Pray for children who are not actually heeding the perdition but are not actually heeding the warnings of their God-given parents, that God should cause them to return before it is too late.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Ezekiel 5 – 7
Source: Living Water Daily Devotional