Monday, June 14, 2010

We Are the Body - Correction and Accountability

 If We Are the Body...
Today begins the first week of We are the Body, hosted by At the Well.  In today's message, Gina writes about the ways that God makes us aware of our own weaknesses and sins--through His Word and through other believers.  Here's a short excerpt:
I picture God and His Word being “the mirror.” As we pray, read and seek God, it’s like looking into the mirror and He shows us what we really look like! He shows us how to “fix” it. He gives us the answers to life and shows how to be holy. He whispers in our ear, “You have something in your teeth!!!”
I've found this to be true, as well.  It's easy for us to see sin in other people, but harder to admit our own, isn't it?
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye. (Matthew 7:3-5)
This is one reason that we need to spend time in the Word and to surround ourselves with other believers. I can depend on my husband to tell me when I'm doing something I shouldn't--for example, spending too much time on the computer when my son is asking to play a game.  He could be a little more tactful, sometimes, but he's not wrong.  And although I might not appreciate it in the moment--my sinful nature wants what I want!--I do appreciate it when I look at the big picture.  I have a few other trusted friends who will also correct me when I'm not staying on the right path, and I value that accountability.

Sometimes the Lord will show me my weaknesses through His Word.  I don't know how many times I've come across just the right passage.  That happens when I need comfort or wisdom, but it also happens when I need correction.  Sometimes the Verse of the Day in my sidebar is just what I need to hear, such as the day I opened my blog and saw Proverbs 15:1A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.  Ouch ... point taken.

Yes, this correction can be painful at the time.  But just as we discipline our children because we love them, God disciplines those He loves.
And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:
"My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? (Hebrews 12:5-7)
If my desire is to be what God wants me to be, I need to be open to correction--whether it comes from the Word or through another believer.

How about you?  Do you have family or friends who will tell you when you need to make a change?  Are you willing and able to correct others in love?

To read more, or to link up your own post, click through to visit At the Well.

6 comments :

  1. Great thoughts Melissa!

    I hope to get to know you more over the next few weeks as we learn about what it means to be part of the body of Christ!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Excellent post. Yes, I do have people in my life that will correct me and let me know when I need to make a change. One friend's words play in my head as I try to get my finances back in order and my life in general as a single mother again.

    I normally correct in love... Maybe I shouldn't say normally because my three youngest children are the main ones who experience correction out of frustration and anger. I'm sure there isn't an excuse, but it's so different now than it was when I was raising my oldest daughter. Well, the situation is different as well. Correcting my three younger children in love always is something I definitely need to work on.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Yes my mom usually is rather vocal about changes I need to do :). I'm sometimes a little to quick to correct others (Rick) I need to think before I speak :)

    ReplyDelete
  4. correct in love? I try with my kids...but with adults I have way less compassion. I just want them to get a clue and can't believe how stupid they are if they don't. But I'm hard on myself too...so there you go. Others correct me..in love, not sure. Seems like its just to prove a point most times. Maybe that is why I don't seem to have much love for others either. Blah. Forgiveness. I suck at it.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Beautiful post! I have people tell I need to try not to give my true thoughts alot but I am a honest person. The truth always hurts doesn't it?

    ReplyDelete

I love to hear what you're thinking, so thank you for leaving a comment!

Spammers are unwelcome here, and spam comments will be deleted.

ShareThis