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.
Ordinarily when Canadians are talking about crime and punishment, we refer to this field as Corrections. The criminal justice system was founded on the idea that one who offends society can be removed to a place where they can reflect on their actions and come to a point of repentance. Repentance is also called being penitent. From that word we get penitentiary.
But here’s the thing… the punishment of being in prison does not always correct the abhorrent behaviour coming from the offender. Something better than prison is needed to correct the inward life of a lawbreaker.
On the other hand, there are sometimes people that become martyrs for their resolve to follow Jesus no matter what the consequence. From the long list of suffering saints, we find that they mostly endure the world’s punishment with grace, and an unshakeable peace. I cannot begin to fathom the torment that their pathway brings, but I sure notice when they respond in a Jesus-like way to their enemies.
I tend to think that this kind of mature responsiveness is testament to Holy Spirit’s deep working that begins in their journey to follow Jesus all the way. Halfhearted people that want a ‘feel good’ Jesus, may be inclined to bail when things look grim.
Furthermore, I suspect that you can learn to live a life surrendered fully to God. It may be that full surrender is hardest when life is the easiest and most agreeable to you. It’s during the hardship that the new nature of Jesus has a chance to shine.
It’s normal to hate being corrected, especially if the one correcting is harsh, unbending and disrespectful. That kind of correction may harden you and cause you to retaliate or rebel. But when you receive the right kind of intervention from one that you love and trust, there is an opportunity to fix the ways that you know are off the mark.
A good indicator of how far a person can mature is found in how well they respond to being corrected.
When God is correcting you, it is based on a father who adores his child. There is no distorted power play to make you compliant. There is no need for God to walk on eggshells with you, because his direct communication is rooted in his love. How well have you fared in responding to the loving correction of God?
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