Most Christian bloggers like to edify, exhort positively, and comfort us all, in our journey through this fallen world.
I have received from a number of Christian blogs, the encouragement I needed for a certain ‘day in the life’.
It would seem though, that some subject matter is best avoided if your goal is to be popular, when blogging.
However most Christians would agree that we are not called to win popularity competitions, and yet they love the ‘amen’ to their posts, and often (or mostly) it is genuinely given.
They are glad when others are edified, and rightly so. We all need encouragement.
But again I often wonder if anyone wants to address the mess?
Sometimes we need to repent and return to the first works – indeed repentance from ‘dead’ works returning to our first love of the Lord Jesus Christ, entering into a closer walk with Him.
For this to happen we need to be corrected.
The human heart and mind is prone to wander. And sometimes in the midst of our convicted conscience – the last thing we need is someone laying heavies upon us that point out our faults and failings.
But conversely – does this mean this should never be done? We live in a world where no one wants to listen to correction.
Does that include the Christians? Who are told:
NKJV – Hebrews 12/5 …do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him…
Amplified version –
“My son, do not make light of the discipline of the Lord,
And do not lose heart and give up when you are corrected by Him;
Going on to say:
For the Lord disciplines and corrects those whom He loves,…
This is like a foreign language to some Christians, who have been fed on daily bread that is only buttered on one side and coated with sugar.
Having said that – some have suffered dry bread with no butter or sugar!
If you get the analogy – I refer to an unbalanced diet. Too much or too little of one thing. Christians who are ‘unexposed’ to necessary teaching to enable proper spiritual growth.
You see we all need different sustenance. We all need a different word from The Lord, according to our developmental requirements.
God the Father has one priority, like any good father, He wants to raise His children well, and allow them to reflect more perfectly the image of their brother – The Lord Jesus Christ.
We by inheritance are also children of God. There is only one ‘Only Begotten’, but:
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
So correction is very much a part of a good wholesome growth plan for a child’s life.
Not some harsh unfair manipulation or provoking of children, through abuse – but a balanced diet of edification, exhortation, and comfort – and correction.
But what about God’s adult children, who are still children in grown-up bodies manifesting self-absorption and injuring others?
This is a big subject I know. And I am not going to do it justice in this short post.
But let’s remember we are meant to grow in grace (thank God it’s grace!) and be changed from glory to glory, as by the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives, who might just tell us from time to time:
‘You are wrong’.
I don’t find correction easy to take – do you? Especially if it comes from a source other than God. But that’s where we must step away and examine and discern if it is just our own flesh and self-will that doesn’t like the truth, or if in fact the devil is trying (as we say) ‘to do a number on us’. Usually his condemnation has a tiny reference to something true and a whole deluge of lies. Know the difference.
Prayer: Lord help us to hear the still small voice of edification or correction. Amen