THE CORRECTING POWER OF LOVE

NOTE: THIS ARTICLE is a reprint from the blog of reverend Kevin Rogers of New Song Church in Windsor, Ontario and is reproduced here for your convenience. You can visit the his blog called "The Orphan Age" HERE.

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Any reading of the Bible reveals that disciples and people of faith will need correction. There are none that have perfected their obedience to God. Only Jesus demonstrates a perfect godly life.

 

Jesus had to correct his disciples on more than one occasion. We always think about the bombastic Peter as an example of this, but they all needed to be taught a better way of thinking and responding. I always thought that John was likely the most saintly, but that may be an oversight of what he was really like.

 

Some people might think that Peter, James and John were handpicked for Jesus’ inner circle because they were the most, spiritually mature. But it could be that Jesus felt he needed to spend more time working with their character flaws. Maybe they were the difficult students that needed more of teacher’s time. Whatever the case, they became great in the Kingdom of God because Jesus was their teacher.

 

Look at the example of John and his older brother James. Jesus nicknamed them the Sons of Thunder. Maybe this story tells us something about the nature of Zebedee’s sons.

 

 

Luke 9:

51 The time grew near for Jesus to be taken up to heaven. So he made up his mind to go to Jerusalem. 52 He sent messengers on ahead. They went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him. 53 But the people there did not welcome Jesus. That was because he was heading for Jerusalem. 54 The disciples James and John saw this. They asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to destroy them?” 55 But Jesus turned and commanded them not to do it.

 

 

Even though they were following Jesus, they were steeped in the idea of a vengeful god destroying those would not show hospitality and honour to Israel and Judah. This village of Samaritans were not the apple of God’s eye (or so they thought).

 

Jesus commands them not to do it. That is correction. Even though it made sense to them, they deferred to Jesus’ restraint. If Jesus had not intervened and the brothers called down fire from Heaven, what would have happened? We may not know, but it is certain that they would have missed this very important teaching moment. They would not grow in grace unless they would receive the Lord’s correction.

 

This is true for us, too. Sometimes the thing that you believe should happen to an enemy, is opposite to the will of Jesus.

 

Prior to this incident of wanting fire from Heaven, it was John that came to complain to Jesus that someone else was casting out demons in Jesus’ name. The other was not part of their group of disciples, so John assumed that they should be stopped.

 

Again, a moment of correction…  Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “Anyone who is not against you is for you.

 

Jesus is teaching John that the ways of God do not need to be controlled and quantified by whom we perceive to be the ones in charge. John will need to learn to let go of his biased opinions if he is to learn a more excellent way. He will need to learn that God is mostly for us, not against us.

 

There is an openness to people that we do not learn from our religion, our culture or from social justice warriors. There is a mercy, a valuing of people and a correction that can only come from the love of God.

 

It is in letting God correct you that you are given the grace to endure injustice, humiliation and the loss of worldly privilege. How you learn to follow God through difficult transitions will determine how open your heart and mind will become.

 

 

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