My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor detest His correction; For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
As you live your life as a child of God, you can know that there are going to be times when God is going to correct you. If you are walking in a way that is unworthy of the Lord, you may hear the still small voice of God leading you back. As you read the scriptures, you find reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness, or the Lord may give correction in a situation or trial. In these moments, the proper response if you are wise is to respond to His correction as a good thing.
Remember, God is not beating you down, Jesus was bruised in your place. He disciplines you because He loves you, it’s for your protection not your rejection, because Jesus was forsaken in your place. Jesus was pierced, crushed, and wounded, taking our punishment so that we are loved by our Heavenly Father, who corrects us when we go astray. “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1)
Pastor Doug Hardin