Thank God, My Feelings Were Hurt!
Eliminating Correction, Empowers Deception
Proverbs 3:11–12; 11 My child, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. 12 For the Lord corrects those he loves,
just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.
Thank God, my feelings were hurt a little over a decade ago! I’m beyond grateful that an unashamed minister of the Gospel, told me that my life was in danger of missing eternity in Heaven, because of my choice in lifestlye. The minister didn’t care about my feelings, he cared about my soul. In today’s Church Culture we find a lot of encouraging messages and motivational speeches. Just for the record, the Word of God is full of encouragement and motivation, and I’m all for it and share those aspects with everyone. But, the Word of God is also full of correction, rebuke and discipline. Your willingness to receive correction is your ability to receive love.
You are only reachable when you are teachable.
2 Tim 3:16 NKJV; All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…
Wow! ‘Reproof’, ‘correction’ and ‘instruction in righteousness’. Those words don’t cater to feelings they cater to maturity. I’m glad someone didn’t just tell me what I wanted to hear, patting me on the back, telling me everything would be o.k. I’m thankful someone preached the unadulterated Word of God, by not only sharing the encouraging Love of God but also the disciplinary Love of God. 2 Tim 3:16 in the New Living Translation expresses; “…the word of God is used to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives…” That sounds like the direct opposite of a lot of teaching I hear. Lifestyles that do not line up with Word need to be exposed through the light of the Word. Catering messages to feelings might get people in Church, but it won’t get them in Heaven.
2 Tim 4:2 NLT; Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
In order to mature, feelings must be sacrificed on the altar.
In today’s culture, ‘good teaching’ would be characterized as an encouraging teaching. But if we only encourage, we eliminate correction and rebuke, which is more than half of the requirements of preaching the Word. When you miss more than half of the requirements, last time I checked, that’s called failure. In the same breath, this post is not about promoting ‘hot headed’ correction and ‘I told you so’ rebuking. Did you notice the most powerful word in the scripture above…? ‘Patiently’… Patience is the number one characteristic of love. For more on Patience check out my blog; “Impatience, You Dirty Thief!” When I’m reading the Word or sitting in a church service, I’m asking the Lord what areas of my life need correction, so I can better represent the Kingdom. Prayers like these open the doors for the Love of God to flood in and deal with attitude problems, pride issues, laziness, worldly lusts and habits and etc.
It’s better to learn the hard way, than to go the wrong way your whole life.
Don’t allow your feelings to rob you of God’s perfect will for your life. Because, your feelings will not like all of the adjustments that need to be made; but God’s grace is sufficient to empower you in every endeavor. Let’s decide this day our feelings will not prevent us from receiving correction and rebuke from the Word of God, no matter how much we disagree in the natural. God wouldn’t correct us unless it was beneficial and necessary, always remember that. When you are open to correction, you invite His perfection. Maturity, always leaves the door of correction open.