Receiving God’s Spirit and Word – Proverbs 1:23

“Turn to my reproof,
Behold, I will pour out my spirit on you;
I will make my words known to you.”

The Spirit of God and the words of God are made known to His creation through discipline, correction and rebuke. Huh? Is this how we truly understand the revelation of God’s truth in our lives? Don’t we typically look for the warm and comfy truths that make us feel better rather than the hard, painful rebuke that hurts our feelings yet shapes our soul? I mean honestly, is this how we perceive that we receive the Spirit Of God in our lives and His instruction, through correction? I don’t think so. Yet, the Scripture is clear here: Through God’s reproof, correction and discipline He pours out His Spirit on us and makes His Words known to us.

What wise person then would despise His correction? It would actually be ‘oxymoronic’ to suggest that a Spirit-filled Christian could be one who has walked only in the touchy feely soft path of ‘faith’. Our Father disciplines us because He loves us. He corrects us in order to teach us. He doesn’t tiptoe around our slovenly sinful selves with mushy, meaningless compliments. He doesn’t flatter us. God hates flattery. He purges the evil from our hearts with His chastisement and His punishment. He longs for us to be seasoned adults who have been shaped by His tough love. He protects us against the soft insidious lies of the enemy by correcting our sin and convicting our hearts day by day. He is not some milk-toast life coach who simply encourages us to do whatever we feel and be whoever we think we want to be for that moment. No! He loves us and because of such love reproves us and corrects us thus protecting us from the death of evil that seeks to destroy us. True love hurts and the pain is worth the purity and promise that follows.

Keep my heart tender to your reproof Lord God that I may have your Holy Spirit poured out on me and Your words made known to me.

Proverbs 3:12 – For whom the Lord loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.

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