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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
the verses that ran through my mind when I was asked recently
how I take correction. I probably would have reacted in the
flesh, years ago, but Iíve realized that God has been
changing me. My first response has become, although not
always, Is there a reason for someone to condemn or accuse?
Then I ask God to reveal to me any issues I need to deal with.
because of that question that I wondered about our response to
chastening, rebuke and correction from God and from other
people, and how we are to respond. And what happens if we
refuse to be corrected or our attitudes are ungodly? What
happens if we view ungodliness and sin in others as good or
acceptable, if itís mingled with truth? Are we then
like-minded in sin and just as guilty of those sins?
scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction
in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect,
throughly furnished unto all good works."
desire has to start with wanting God to search us, as we seek
to become more like Him.
he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the
Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints
according to the will of God."
Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me."
spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the
inward parts of the belly."
not God search this out? for He knoweth the secrets of the
heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:
who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the
reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and
according to the fruit of his doings."
us search and try our ways, and turn again to the
with God searching our hearts is that invariably the Holy
Spirit recognizes and exposes the sin that we are caught in,
often unawares, and He then moves to convict and correct us.
We have a choice to make whether to accept that chastening or
reject it. What should our attitudes be?
Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and
teachest him out of thy law."
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore
despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For He
maketh sore, and bindeth up: He woundeth, and His hands make
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."
shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man
chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee.
Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy
God, to walk in his ways, and to fear Him."
difficult to take correction and rebuke, and to even
acknowledge that weíve sinned. However, God expects certain
responses from those who love Him.
no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but
grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable
fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised
Lord, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger,
lest thou bring me to nothing."
ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as
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. 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 as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore,
I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my
changes us, our attitude towards sin changes. So often when
weíre met with rebukes and unfair attitudes by others, it is
so easy to sin and retaliate with words. Resolving to not sin
becomes an "audible" thought in our minds, which
says, " Iím not going to sin". God changes us over
the years so that we are able to respond to others in a way
that honors Him. What happens though, if a person wants to
reject direct rebuke or correction from the Holy Spirit? What
if God uses others to rebuke and correct and we reject that as
Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not."
not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he
will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will
be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in
Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and
he that hateth reproof shall die.
scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he
go unto the wise."
own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings
shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an
evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy
God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of
Corinthians 11: 31, 32
if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But
when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we
should not be condemned with the world."
What is the
responsibility of believers towards one another, when God
teaches us to recognize error and sin? Are we to rebuke and
correct? What should the attitude of all involved be?
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season;
reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are
spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness;
considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."
Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against
thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him."
that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear."
When we deal
with one another it must be with love and humility. 1
Corinthians 13:1-13 speaks of the need of Charity and the
result of not having it.
1 Peter 1:22
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth
through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see
that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently."
Peter 3: 8-12
be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another,
love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering
evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise
blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye
should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and
see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his
lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do
good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. For the eyes of the
Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto
their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that
if a person does not listen to rebuke or correction and deals
with others with ungodly attitudes? How can we tell if
chastening is of God or the flesh, or is simply an attack to
try and cause us to sin?
the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable,
gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good
fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. And the
fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make
the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of
deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and
therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude
of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and
cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be."
Who is a
wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew
out of a good conversation his works with meekness of
wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your
hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This
wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual,
speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing
all meekness unto all men."
no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that
which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister
grace unto the hearers."
What is in a
man will always come out and will be exposed:
by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou
shalt be condemned."
is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou
affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God
might be careful to maintain good works. These things are
good and profitable unto men. But avoid foolish questions
and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the
law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an
heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth,
being condemned of himself."
good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth
forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil
treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for
of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh."
the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against
such there is no law. And they that are Christís have
crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we
live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us
not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another,
envying one another."
unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put
darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter
for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise
in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! ... Which
justify the wicked for reward, and take away the
righteousness of the righteous from him!
that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall
the people curse, nations shall abhor him: But to them that
rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come
that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso
confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy."
that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the
law contend with them."
from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not
in him the lips of knowledge."
Psalm 64: 5,
encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of
laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them? "
"So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon
themselves: all that see them shall flee away."
Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken
them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them,
but they have refused to receive correction they have made
their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to
therefore take great pains to deal with one another in
Biblical fashion. We have a responsibility to one another. If
we truly love one another weíre going to want to help each
other grow and deal with sin issues. To do that may make the
difference of where a person spends eternity. We are enabled
through Christ to deal with these issues by taking hold of the
on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels
of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness,
longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one
another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as
Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
all these things put on charity, which is the bond of
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