Learning How to Appreciate Correction

by Joanna Pierce on August 07, 2019

Positive Correction

Criticism is a hypersensitive subject in our world, even in the Body of Christ. Correction is all about God trying to turn us toward Him; therefore, His correction is a positive thing (Psalms 94:12). Correction isn’t pleasant, but it is necessary and helpful to us. All discipline seems painful, but later yields good fruit (peace and righteousness) in our life (Hebrews 12:11–13). We need to respond to God’s correction with the right attitude (and spirit) so we reap the benefits of godly correction.

We learn to appreciate correction when we realize it comes from God; it doesn’t come from people, pressures, or other entities. Don’t despise correction because God loves who He corrects (Proverbs 3:11–12). God’s motive to correct us is His love and delight for us. When God corrects us, this reaffirms our family connection; He deals with us as His sons and daughters (Hebrews 12:7). Ultimately, God is trying bring profit into our lives.

How God Corrects Us

There are many ways by which God corrects us. The first way God corrects us is by His Spirit in us. The Spirit (Holy Ghost) helps us to deny worldly lusts and live according to godly characteristics (Titus 2:11–14). God also corrects us by His Word to us. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, for correction, and instruction in righteousness so we may be complete (perfect) (II Timothy 3:16–17). Doctrine is what is right, reproof is what is not right, correction is how to get right, and instruction in righteousness is how to stay right. Lastly, God corrects by His leaders for us. He gave apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers to perfect and edify the church (Ephesians 4:11–13). Leaders will bring the church into complete unity and to make us more like Him.

How to Appreciate Correction

We can appreciate correction when we realize it gets us to where we need to go. We’re all on a spiritual journey and we need God’s correction to keep us on the right path (Proverbs 29:18). A lack of correction will always lead to a surplus of confusion and make us lose our way. We can learn to appreciate His correction when we realize it get us to our destination, and helps with an arrival time that’s sometimes quicker than we could ever expect. God’s correction can also be there to help protect us. Correction is many times needed, but we have a tendency to avoid it and instead ask for deliverance. The key to learning how to appreciate correction is having a correct response from our heart (Proverbs 15:10). Correction is truly a heart issue.

How to Learn to Take Correction

We learn to take correction for our body. We need to possess our vessel in sanctification and honor (I Thessalonians 4:4). Also, we need to learn to take correction for our minds. Scripture admonishes us to think and dwell on the good things (Philippians 4:8). Lastly, we need to learn to take correction in our spirit. We do this by keeping God’s commandments (I John 2:3–4).

Why People Can’t Take Correction

There are 3 main reasons why people don’t take spiritual correction in their life (Proverbs 1:22). People don’t take correction because they’re ignorant, negligence, and rebellious. The simple can’t be corrected because they choose not to know what’s right (Proverbs 14:18). The fool knows what’s right but he doesn’t care (Proverbs 1:7). The scorner thinks he’s right (Proverbs 15:12). Regardless of the issue, there is one root cause: pride. If we can’t take correction, we ultimately have a humility issue.

The right heart response to correction is the example set by David. God sent him a leader who explained how David had sinned. David could have put the prophet Nathan to death, but instead, he choose to repent (Psalms 51:1–3). Firstly, he acknowledged his sin and then asked for God to create in him a clean heart and renew a right spirit within him (Psalms 51:10). We, like David, need confession and restoration in our life.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on August 7, 2019 with Pastor Nave