Christians LOVE corrections. There is no doubt. The very label they carry as disciples point out that it is in their very nature to accept discipline.
There’s nothing more important for a follower of Christ than to be led by God – to be entirely aligned with His will. Because they know, God can only be found within those tender boundaries. They love listening to His words of instruction and the leading of the Holy Spirit as well as uplifting prophecies.
However, with divine guidance comes divine correction as well. So logically, they love both equally, because it all comes from their Shepherd who gives them ALL they need.
Your rod and Your staff protect and comfort me.
(Psalms 23:4 NLT)
Christ’s disciples not only understand the benefits of His corrections, but they also find their identity in being rebuked, reprimanded, and criticized.
And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as His children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the LORD’s discipline, and don’t give up when He corrects you. For the LORD disciplines those He loves, and He punishes each one He accepts as His child.”
(Hebrews 12:5-6 NLT)
No sugarcoating or sandwich methods needed. A disciple of Christ eagerly swallows the bitter pill of correction, because they recognize that it’s for their own good (Heb. 12:10,12-13). Therefore, when corrected, they don’t point to others or blame shift. They want to own the correction and take full responsibility.
Disciples are students who listen, learn and change, if indeed God requires it from them.
Fortunately, God doesn’t usually correct us Himself. He chose to correct us through other people and difficult circumstances. And it’s intentionally meant to be challenging.
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.
(Hebrews 12:11 NASB)
People ask often how to define what a Christian looks like. It’s easy. A Christian is one who is constantly disciplined by His Father (Pro. 13:24).
If God doesn’t discipline you as He does all of His children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really His children at all.
(Hebrews 12:8 NLT)
Since Christians desire to be as close to God as possible, they embrace any form of correction – whether right or wrong, done in love or filled with hate. It’s what brings them into God’s very presence.
Who then would in their right state of mind despise this (Pro. 10:17, 12:1, 13:1, 15:10)?