“My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the LORD loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”

Hebrews 12:5-6, NKJV

Ever been spanked by God? It is reasonable to expect that we will, from time to time, be reproved and rebuked by the Lord. It can come by way of His gentle and quiet Spirit whispering lovingly in our heart. But, more often than not, it makes its way like a freight train from the loud lips of a friend. You cannot predict the path from which it will come, only that it will come.

In this area of Scripture we are told not to despise or become discouraged when He disciplines us since it proves His love. In the same way, I would never dream of disciplining someone else’s child. However, I am ready to rebuke and reprove my own as soon as he displays behavior that needs correction because I love him and want him to learn to make right choices. Most of us hate to be corrected because we feel we are doing the best we can already. God’s rebuke calls us to stretch and grow beyond our “humanly best” to a Christ-likeness that looks more like the son of God.

When correction comes, what will your response be? The Bible says that a wise man loves reproof. If we will continue to examine our own hearts, we will be wise enough to know that there is always room for improvement. Then, when the rebuke comes, we can welcome it, grow and hear God joyfully proclaim, “That is my kid!”

QUESTION: What area has God been reproving in your life? Has your attitude been wise? If not, what can you do to change it?