82. Rebuke

“My wife,” Stan began, “rebuked me this morning.”

“What was that all about?” I asked.

“I was reading the newspaper and said some things about the news that upset me.  My dear wife simply said, ‘I don’t think those words are appropriate for you to say.’”

“What was your response to her?”

“I thanked her for speaking the truth.  I told her she was right and I apologized.”

“But,” Stan continued, “before you start thinking I am something special, let me tell you that has not always been my reaction to being criticized, especially by my wife.”

“It took me a long time to come to the realization that God uses my wife to speak to me.  My natural tendency was to react to her correction by getting angry.  And that only made everything worse.”

“Boy, do I know the truth of that!” I responded.

“Through God’s careful and loving guidance, He has shown me that He uses others, in this case my wife, to speak truth to me, to help correct wrong thoughts, attitudes, and actions.”

“It is all part of God’s molding process.  Satan does not want me to be molded in the way God does, and he will seek to do all he can to get me to reject godly discipline and correction.”

“And,” Stan continued, “it is my role to know who is speaking to me and to listen to the voice that has my best interests in mind.”

“I am to recognize that God’s rebuke is a blessing that is to be embraced, not rejected.”

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You rebuke the arrogant, the cursed, who wander away from your commandments.  Psalm 119:21.

Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ.  Ephesians 4:15.

Prayer:  Lord, you know my natural tendency to reject correction, especially when it comes from those closest to me.  I need your help in recognizing and accepting when it is you who are speaking through others.  Please help me, Lord, in overcoming my natural defensiveness and in submitting to all of your correction and guidance.  Amen.

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