God's correction humbles us in ways we need to be humbled. And when He does it, we have three options: (1) Rebel against Him. (2) Rationalize and make excuses. (3) Receive His correction and get back on track. But lasting change can't even begin until you accept that God loves you unconditionally and just as you are. Without that, you'll keep trying to change yourself in a vain attempt to earn His love and acceptance. The truth is, you already have it—you just don't know it! Many of us think that by accepting ourselves we're excusing all the things that are wrong with us. Not so! You can't properly receive God's correction until you've a clear understanding of how much He loves you. Without that you'll interpret His correction as rejection, and see His disapproval of your behavior as disapproval of you. To grow spiritually you must believe that God is committed to you, especially when He deals with you correctively and leads you in ways you don't understand. During such times you must have an unshakeable trust in His love for you. The apostle Paul was convinced that nothing could separate him from God's love (See Romans 8:39). In Revelation chapter three God is speaking to each of us when He says that to those He loves, He tells their faults...convicts and convinces...reproves and chastens. One of the strongest evidences of God's love and acceptance, is His correction. Indeed, you should be concerned about the absence of it! So if God's correcting you right now, take heart and rejoice! It means He has good things in store for you.
"Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him." (James 1:12)
Find your strength in the Gospel promise. Overcome the slings and arrows of the enemy's wrought! Overcome them by the beautiful power of Christ. Trust your salvation to the sovereign hand of God. Persevere, O brothers and sisters, and you shall be welcomed with great fortune of riches! The crown of life shall be granted you and you shall glorify the Lamb! Love God for He first loved you!
Week #32 Schedule for reading the Bible
This schedule will take the Bible student through the Bible in one year. Just click on the text to read and get started today.
Sunday: (Law) Leviticus 25-27
Monday: (History) 1 Chronicles 1-4
Tuesday: (Psalms) Psalms 93-95
Wednesday: (Poetry) Proverbs 16
Thursday: (Prophecy) Daniel 1-6
Friday: (Gospels) John 3-4
Saturday: (Letters) 2 Thessalonians