It’s tough to receive correction without self-condemnation

Philippians 3:12 (AMP) 12 Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own.

It’s tough to receive correction without self-condemnation. We all correct our kids and it is part of growing up. We are God’s children and we need to grow up too. Part of the way we grow up is through correction from God. God corrects us because He loves us, just as we correct our kids because we love them.

When God tries to correct us and we go through self-condemnation and we may not receive what God is doing; then we ignore His correction and we have to go through the same thing over and over until we receive that correction and use it constructively to grow in Christ. If God is correcting us then we need to focus on growing but the truth is we look at things and blame everyone else for our behavior and reaction rather than focusing on making our own behavior better. God just wants us to agree with him and admit we have a problem in a certain area. We can then work with Him to be the person He wants us to be.

When we make a mistake or an area of improvement is uncovered, we don’t have to focus only on what we have done wrong, but press on to become a better person and ask God to work in us to make us better. We can focus on growing up so we can have what Jesus died to give us. I don’t want to head for the promised land all of my life and never get there because I am offended by correction rather than choose to take correction constructively.


About lisajohnson401

My true belief is that the best way to preach is by our actions and not our words. However, we need some daily inspiration to keep us on our path. We as Christians have a responsibility not to judge others by our words but to show the love of Christ by loving them where they are at on their personal journey in life...and if they never turn their life over to Christ, continue to love them for who they are - after all God does.
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One Response to It’s tough to receive correction without self-condemnation

  1. In my east coast life, I took some classes at Westminster Theological Seminary and a great professor in the marriage n family counseling class said those who don’t know Christ cannot plow their heart (look in the mirror). Because it’s hard — too ugly to face. But we can. Because there is NO CONDEMNATION. It’s all been paid for. We can sift our heart, turn over the dirt to newness (my paraphrase) in confidence, joy, and peace.

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