There's a joke among me and a few of my close friends that my love language is correction. They think it pretty hilarious that I honestly love being corrected. Now don't get me wrong, I don't enjoy correction from just anybody and I dont enjoy it in just any way. However, when someone that cares about me is willing to sit down and say "Jess, I see that you did this, or you have this characteristic, and it needs to change". That type of conversation always leaves me feeling built up and ready to take on this new change. I leave knowing that this person cares enough about me that they were willing to call me out not knowing how I may react to it, and not only that but they (as I do) view sanctification as one of the greatest gifts. At 16 years old the Lord woke me up and very sternly and clearly told me that it was time to change. How I had been living was not His plan for my life and not only that, but it was leading me down a road of destruction. There were plenty of changes that needed to take place in my life, several very obvious ones, and then many more that God began to reveal to me the more I talked with Him, read His Word, and yearned to be pleasing to Him. At 16 a passion was ignited inside of me for the process of sanctification.
From now until the day I get to heaven there will be areas that I can improve in, places my faith needs to grow, thoughts I don't need to have, etc. and from now until the day I get to heaven, the Holy Spirit, will continue to speak the truth to me. He will continue to show me in His Word, through circumstance, by gentle correction, through other people, through books, sermons, by any means necessary to show me areas where I need to grow or change, so that I can become more and more like Jesus.
This is where my heart breaks. I feel that we have become resistant to correction and change. Many times if we hear something in a sermon and it convicts us, we begin to think of who else "should have been here to hear that", or perhaps we read a verse in the Word that strikes a chord with us and we choose to just keep on reading, etc. Correction and reproof have become negative things in our mindset. God forbid if someone who loves us and cares about us takes the time to sit down and show us some things that may need to change.
Our Daddy God loves us more than any human on this earth will ever love us and thus He corrects us, He disciplines us. Why?
The reason is because He knows that the best thing for us in this life is to become more like Jesus. The more we become like Jesus the more peace, joy, love, mercy, favor, grace, blessings, etc we will walk in and the more we walk in those things, the more that the lost and dying world around us will want to know Jesus also.
All of this stems from Daddy God's great love for us. Just as a parent disciplines and corrects their children to keep them from future heartache, harm, trouble, so does our Daddy God with us.
I can honestly most see the Love of God for me as He helps me to become more like Jesus. I believe I am most close to and can trust most the people in my life who are not afraid to speak to me about things they see that I need to change. That is real love. Real love puts the best interest of the person as a priority and what is in our best interest is always to be more like Jesus.
Let us see the love of God and man in Godly scriptural correction. Let us see the love of our Daddy God as He helps us to be more like Jesus. And may our desires for our life begin to line up with God's that we would be hidden in Christ. That we would be crucified and no longer live, but Christ would live in us.
Make us more like Jesus, Lord, Be Blessed, J. Tate
Hebrews 12:10-11 Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.