How Does God Correct Us?
Adapted from a recent Live Bible Study with Mike and Carrie Pickett
Many Christians are confused about how God corrects us as His children.
“I came from a very legalistic background, thinking I had to maintain my own righteousness. So when I received correction, it was very harsh and demeaning. But God isn’t like that. Whenever God corrects us, He does so out of His love for us. That doesn’t mean it feels good, but it’s always for our good,” says Mike Pickett.
It’s God’s goodness that leads us to repentance (Rom. 2:4). When God corrects us, it’s because He wants the best for us.
"One of the reasons we’re confused is that religion and the enemy will try to attribute God’s character to our character. Some even say that if you sin, God can’t even look at you and that He will put sickness on you and punish you through losing your job or even taking your children from you. Those are lies of the enemy!" adds Carrie.
God is love (1 Jn. 4:8). He doesn’t do anything that’s not love.
If the devil can get you to think God is bad, then you’ll stop fighting the enemy, thinking it’s God’s will. As a result, instead of drawing close to God, you’ll pull away. Religion says God will correct you through hardship, but that’s not true. God’s heart is always to teach us and draw us back to Him.
Jesus was the express image of God (Heb. 1:3), and He didn’t do anything except what He saw the Father do (Jn. 8:20).
Jesus never put sickness on anyone nor killed anyone!
“And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: ‘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
“Chasten” actually means to instruct. “Scourge” means to beat; to whip; to tear apart; to rip limb from limb!
How do we reconcile that if God really is good?
The Word is always teaching us how to be better and leading us into new revelation. In this passage, chasten is mentioned nine times through verse 12. It mentions scourge only once.
There was only one time we were ever scourged and that was in Christ. God chastens or instructs us constantly, but only scourged us once—in Jesus. He sees us as His redeemed and righteous children.
Do we have to correct children? Absolutely. But God’s plans and purposes for us never include harm!