Don't Reject This, It's Good
My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.— Proverbs 3:11-12
I can honestly say I hated correction at one point in my life. I hated it. Correction made me feel like I was a complete failure. Therefore I used to interpret all correction negatively. And to add insult to injury, I would privately demonize the people that corrected me, holding a secret grudge about what they said and how they said it.
But at some point, I'm really not sure when I started to see correction differently. I unlearned my hatred of correction and the people who corrected me. Now, this was hard, and it took years, but I discovered that people who corrected me were really correcting me for my benefit. I came to discover that this was even true of people who corrected me poorly — because some people correct others very poorly!
And yet correction, which is here called discipline, is something that's guaranteed to happen in a man's life. Solomon teaches his son that he should not hate discipline or the discipliner. Instead, he should push through the negative emotional event of the discipline and see the love and benefit behind it. And thus, I think Solomon is giving his son advice to help him grow through emotional challenges more quickly so he can have increased benefit from discipline in his life.
Fellas, this is what accelerated spiritual men do. They look at discipline differently. They see it three times. They see it first for the immediate corrections they need to make. They see it second for the benefit it will have in their life given the corrections. They see it third from the perspective of the God behind it all.
So if you encounter correction or discipline today, see it all three times. And then know that God is delighting in you.
ASK THIS: Are you experiencing discipline in your life today?
DO THIS: See it differently — look at it three times.
PRAY THIS: God, take away my hatred of correction and discipline.
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