Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid. Proverbs 12:1
He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise. Proverbs 15:31
Heavenly Father, first of all, I’m so grateful to be able to call you Father… Abba, Father, as I begin this day. There’s no greater privilege, there’s no safer refuge, there’s no better address than to call your heart my home.
Father, it’s only because you love me so much that you rebuke, correct and discipline me (Hebrews 12:4-11). O, how I need to remember this bit of gospel-sanity every single day. All of your rebukes are “life-giving”. None of them are meant to be guilt-inducing, shame-producing, or contempt-fueling. You’re humbling me, not humiliating me. You’re building me up, not tearing me down. You’re embracing me, not embarrassing me.
What a foolish man I am when I play dodge-ball with the convicting work of your Holy Spirit. What a gospel-less simpleton I am when I get defensive and try to make excuses for myself. What am I trying to defend? Indeed, Father, “stupid” has nothing to do with my IQ, my SAT score, my GPA from various schools… “stupid” is what I am when I hate correction, despise your discipline, or turn your grace into a green-card for arrogance.
So whether you’re speaking to me directly from your Word, or by the voice of your Spirit in my heart… or even through my spouse, my children, my friends, or angels you send my way, may I decrease in stupidity by increasing in gospel-humility. So very Amen, I pray, in Jesus’ life-giving name.
Scotty Smith, Pastor for Preaching, Teaching and Worship, Christ Community Church, Franklin, TN