Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
August 29 Scripture Selection: Proverbs 9
Food for Thought: Prov. 9:7-12
It is not beneficial to attempt to correct every person who is living an ungodly life or is making wrong decisions. In fact, doing so can actually cause the one doing the correcting great inconvenience, or at least wastes his/her time. If the person involved is a scoffer of the truth and does not have a healthy reverence for the Lord, he/she may not even understand the reprimand, or will be offended by it, and may try to provoke a heated debate (See Prov. 15:12; 19:25; I Tim. 6:3-5).
It does no good to tell a person to stop sinning when they don’t even acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord. Morality just for the sake of it won’t be enough motivation for him or her, and the one who calls their attention to their error will only get scoffed at. Besides, our ultimate goal is not to get everyone to behave well; rather, it is for them to know their Savior Who will have an immeasurable impact on every area of their lives and deal with any fault. In addition, without the power of the Lord working in the person, he/she is not equipped to be free from the bondage of sin, even if he/she would try to.
There are, however, people, as an athlete corrected by a coach, who do receive godly correction when necessary. They are the wise ones who do fear the Lord and desire to live according to the Word by the anointing of the Spirit. Those are the ones who actually express appreciation to the one who calls their attention to the error, or at least admit to the wrong, even when the correction is uncomfortable. King David is one example of a person who was immediately convicted of sin and repented (II Sam. 11; 12:1-15).
There most definitely is a time when correction is very beneficial and restorative to the believer. Galatians 6:1 says, “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.” So when correction is necessary, it should be done gently and in humility, not with a judgmental attitude or one of superiority (II Tim. 2:24-26) and should always be based on the Word of God (II Tim. 3:16, 17). The Word of God is sufficient to convince anyone of wrong if their heart is sincere. That is when, in love, calling attention to someone’s error pays off and reaps a great harvest.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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