Daily Read - 2 Kings 4:18-5:27; Acts 15:1-35; Psalm 141:1-10; Proverbs 17:23
Let the righteous strike me;
It shall be a kindness.
And let him rebuke me;
It shall be as excellent oil;
Let my head not refuse it.
It is never enjoyable for those we love and care about to point out our blind spots and weaknesses. After all, aren't we perfect? Think again!
Nothing says, "I love you," more than for someone we care about to speak a loving word of correction into our lives. It may be uncomfortable and may even sting a bit, but given from a pure heart of friendship, it will bring eternal fruit and freedom.
Truth spoken in the love of Christ is an act of selfless kindness. Those who are willing to put it all on the line for the sake of enriching someone else's life gives no thought for their own comfort, but rather desires their friends to experience freedom to its fullest degree. However, it seems many in the body of Christ run from this "too close for comfort"
relationship and rather than enriching one another, we enable one another's weaknesses.
Regrettably, much of the church remains childish and stunted in growth due to the soft peddling of sin. We are raising a generation of coddled, spoiled, and rebellious children and wonder why society is crumbling all around us.
The Word of God speaks emphatically on the subject of Godly, loving correction, but many believers choose to ignore these passages because they challenge us to a deeper more accountable relationship with our brothers and sisters. Instead, our Christian friendships consist of sappy pats on the back and prayers that barely go beneath the surface all under the guise of extending grace.
Brothers and sisters, let us not cheapen the amazing grace of Christ by using it to excuse our inability to fulfill the scripture found in Ephesians 4:14-16 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head - Christ.
Likewise, we must all submit to one another
. We need to come to realize and embrace the need for the fertilizer of Godly correction in our own lives ensuring our roots be firmly established in the truth that we ourselves may personally grow and thrive in our Christian walk. We may not like it, but we need to receive it from the Lord.
Of course, this can't be an opportunity to vent penned up emotions against others. The key is doing all things from the heart and motivation of love with the intent of restoration and freedom.
All things must be bathed and paved in prayer inviting the Holy Spirit to lead and guide all that we say and do!
Let us all grow up in the things of Christ!