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May
15

Instruction vs. Chastisement

Correction-none of us likes it, even when it means being instructed and not chastened!
“I need to talk to you about something.” A conversation beginning with these words produces an uneasy lump in the pit of our stomach. Doesn’t it?
Proverbs 29:17 tells us to correct (yacar) our children and receive rest, and they will delight our hearts.
Yacar means chastise, correct, instruct.
I think we need a change of attitude! How can we become more like God if we do not know what He is like and listen to Him? Jeremiah 9:24 says the Lord practices and delights in loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness. How about us? Do we really want to delight God’s heart? The other day I spoke on the telephone to a Christian who is active in working for God that showed some real attitude. Does that describe you? I was so shocked!
One of the books I am reading is The Beauty of Self Control by J.R. Miller (1840-1912). He tells about a writer discreetly observing 2,000 believers and reporting that 52% of them exhibited attitude.
When we say, “I delight to do Your will (Ps. 40:8), this also includes “Your law is written in my heart!”
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