“My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights” Proverbs 3:11-12, NLT.
When God corrects us, He doesn’t whip or beat us. Nor does He correct us by putting sickness and disease on us. No loving parent would make their child sick just to teach them a lesson. God corrects us with His truth. His correction reveals our true heart motives and shows us His heart. His correction reveals our sin and shows us how He feels about it. Because God loves us and because we’re His children, He will not allow us to get away with things.
Sometimes we don’t see how our behavior, actions and words bring harm to others. We don’t see how what we’re doing is causing self-harm. We don’t see until God allows us to see. When He shows us our sin, many of us become like a sad puppy. It’s knowing that we’ve hurt and disappointed God that hurts us the most because we know He loves us so much. Then we’re faced with the decision of whether we will sit and sulk in our wrong or receive His love and forgiveness and move forward by His grace.
Understand God corrects all of His children and it only makes us better. It only produces “a peaceable fruit of righteousness” (see Hebrews 12:11). If you are experiencing correction from the Lord in any area, know that it’s only because He cares for you as His daughter. He loves you too much to let you stay the way you are and continue in your ways. Receive His correction. Receive His love and forgiveness. Then let Him help you get up and move forward.
Prayer: Yes, Lord. I thank you for loving me. Even though your correction doesn’t feel good, I know I need it. It only proves that you care. So I thank you for correcting me. Forgive me for how I’ve behaved and treated people. Forgive me for meditating on the wrong things. Forgive me for not obeying you. I receive your love and forgiveness. Help me to rise above all feelings of guilt and condemnation, and help me to move forward by your grace. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
(Read Hebrews 12:5-13)
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Good Moring Ladys Daughters of The Most High King. This message made me think about how the devil will always remind you of your wrongs to make you keep beating yourself up instead of trusting and knowing that God has forgiven you/ us then just keep it moving and do better. I was just thinking about how much God loves us the word unconditionally Still can’t even begin to describe how much he loves us his word tells us and let’s us no that no matter how many misstakes we make in life he already new we was going to make them anyway that’s why he went to the Cross for us and said I FORGIVE U (IF and when you ask him)Then from there he says as long as you (Delight yourself in him he will give you ALL the desires of your heart)he didnt say just part of them or half of them But ALL of them so Ladys Have a Blessed Day
Oh my right on time this is exactly where I am I thank God he is an on time God every day gets sweeter and sweeter with Jesus thank you for this awesome tool and reminder
Thank you Lord that when I come to you and repent you forgive me. Holy Spirit I, like many of my sisters don’t ever want you to leave us alone. Even though the correction hurts, the journey is all about you making us more like Jesus and that’s what we want. I love you Lord ♡
Thank you Father for your correction anytime you see I need to be corrected. Thank you Father for loving me in correcting me. In Jesus Name Amen 🕇🕇🕇
◄ Proverbs 3:12 ►
3:7-12 There is not a greater enemy to the fear of the Lord in the heart, than self-conceit of our own wisdom. The prudence and sobriety which religion teaches, tend not only to the health of the soul, but to the health of the body. Worldly wealth is but poor substance, yet, such as it is, we must honour God with it; and those that do good with what they have, shall have more to do more good with. Should the Lord visit us with trials and sickness, let us not forget that the exhortation speaks to us as to children, for our good. We must not faint under an affliction, be it ever so heavy and long, not be driven to despair, or use wrong means for relief. The father corrects the son whom he loves, because he loves him, and desires that he may be wise and good. Afflictions are so far from doing God’s children any hurt, that, by the grace of God, they promote their holiness.
Barnes’ Notes on the Bible
The first distinct utterance of a truth which has been so full of comfort to many thousands; it is the summing up of all controversies (compare John 9:2) as to the mystery of suffering. The apostle writing to the Hebrews can find no stronger comfort Hebrews 12:6 than this; the Church, in her visitation service, has no truer message for the sufferer.
12. he delighteth—or receiveth as denoting reconciliation regarding the offense which produced chastisement.
Matthew Poole’s Commentary
Afflictions are not infelicities, but benefits and comforts, because their are testimonies of God’s love, which is infinitely more desirable than any evil can be terrible. They show God’s purpose, and desire, and care to purge us from our sins, and to make us fit for his presence and kingdom. This and the former verse seem to be here inserted in the midst of his commendations of wisdom, to remove an objection against the excellency and happiness of wise or pious men, taken from those many calamities to which such persons are frequently exposed, the reason of which providence he here giveth.
For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth,…. This is a reason why the children of God should not despise corrections, nor be weary of them; since they spring from love, are given in love, nor is there any abatement of it in them: when the Lord chastens and corrects, he does not take away his lovingkindness from them; yea, it is because he loves them that therefore he thus deals with them; wherefore they ought to be patiently bore, and kindly taken by them;
even as a father the son in whom he delighteth; as a father chastens and corrects his son, whom he dearly loves, and has the greatest pleasure in, so the Lord chastens and corrects his people; see Deuteronomy 8:5. There is such a relation subsisting between them as that of father and son, which flows from the inexpressible love of God to them; and which is a love of complacency and delight in them, and is invariable and unchangeable, and continues the same under all their afflictions; as appears by what he does for them in them, and by the issue of them; he knows their souls in adversity, and chooses them in the furnace of affliction; he pays love visits to them, and comforts them under all their tribulation; he sympathizes with them, and supports them; he makes their bed in their affliction, and delivers out of it, or takes them to himself: the issue is always his own glory, and their good.
God sure does use/send/cause sickness to discipline, correct, and mature everyone – His children and those who do not know Him.
Deuteronomy 28:61-62 NLT
The Lord will afflict you with every sickness and plague there is, even those not mentioned in this Book of Instruction, until you are destroyed. Though you become as numerous as the stars in the sky, few of you will be left because you would not listen to the Lord your God.
Isaiah 38:1-22 NLT
About that time Hezekiah became deathly ill, and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to visit him.
He gave the king this message: “This is what the Lord says: ‘Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness.’”
When Hezekiah heard this, he turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord , “Remember, O Lord , how I have always been faithful to you and have served you single-mindedly, always doing what pleases you.”
Then he broke down and wept bitterly.
Then this message came to Isaiah from the Lord : “Go back to Hezekiah and tell him, ‘This is what the Lord , the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will add fifteen years to your life, and I will rescue you and this city from the king of Assyria. Yes, I will defend this city. “‘And this is the sign from the Lord to prove that he will do as he promised: I will cause the sun’s shadow to move ten steps backward on the sundial of Ahaz!’”
So the shadow on the sundial moved backward ten steps. When King Hezekiah was well again, he wrote this poem: I said, “In the prime of my life, must I now enter the place of the dead? Am I to be robbed of the rest of my years?” I said, “Never again will I see the Lord god while still in the land of the living. Never again will I see my friends or be with those who live in this world. My life has been blown away like a shepherd’s tent in a storm. It has been cut short, as when a weaver cuts cloth from a loom. Suddenly, my life was over. I waited patiently all night, but I was torn apart as though by lions. Suddenly, my life was over. Delirious, I chattered like a swallow or a crane, and then I moaned like a mourning dove. My eyes grew tired of looking to heaven for help. I am in trouble, Lord. Help me!”
But what could I say? For he himself sent this sickness. Now I will walk humbly throughout my years because of this anguish I have felt. Lord, your discipline is good, for it leads to life and health. You restore my health and allow me to live! Yes, this anguish was good for me, for you have rescued me from death and forgiven all my sins. For the dead cannot praise you; they cannot raise their voices in praise. Those who go down to the grave can no longer hope in your faithfulness. Only the living can praise you as I do today. Each generation tells of your faithfulness to the next. Think of it—the Lord is ready to heal me! I will sing his praises with instruments every day of my life in the Temple of the Lord.
Isaiah had said to Hezekiah’s servants, “Make an ointment from figs and spread it over the boil, and Hezekiah will recover.” And Hezekiah had asked, “What sign will prove that I will go to the Temple of the Lord?”
Acts of the Apostles 12:20-24 NLT
Now Herod was very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon. So they sent a delegation to make peace with him because their cities were dependent upon Herod’s country for food. The delegates won the support of Blastus, Herod’s personal assistant, and an appointment with Herod was granted.
When the day arrived, Herod put on his royal robes, sat on his throne, and made a speech to them. The people gave him a great ovation, shouting, “It’s the voice of a god, not of a man!”
Instantly, an angel of the Lord struck Herod with a sickness, because he accepted the people’s worship instead of giving the glory to God. So he was consumed with worms and died.
Meanwhile, the word of God continued to spread, and there were many new believers.
Isaiah 45:7 NLT
I am the Lord , and there is no other. I create the light and make the darkness. I send good times and bad times. I, the Lord, am the one who does these things.
James 5:13-16 NLT
Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well.
And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven. Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
The earnest prayer of a righteous [not in sin; full of faith] person has great power and produces wonderful results.
Yes God has perfect timing I desperately needed this thank you God