Job 5:17-18 Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: 18 For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole.
The chastening of the Lord is not an easy pill to swallow. But praise the Lord that He loves us enough to correct us! But we must remember that the same God who corrects us is the same God that binds our wounds and makes us whole! His correction is loving, holy and always serves a purpose – to benefit the Christian! His desire is that we live holy lives. (I Peter 1:16) His chastisement and guidance is done with this in mind.
II Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
I love the six words of this verse: “perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”! I dare say that this is the problem with churches today. The people are not encouraged to perfect holiness in the fear of God. If we all looked at our sin in this light and would strive to live godly lives, what an influence we would have on this world!
Psalm 51:6-7 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Do we desire the truth in our inward parts? Or are we simply living our lives and walking our walk with just enough scriptural truths to get by? Wisdom and knowledge from the scriptures is what will increase our fear (reverence of God and His holiness) of the Lord. Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 1:7 and Proverbs 9:10 all support this statement. How can we become more like the Lord? Get in His word and live by it! It is His word that cleanses us and points to our vile sin. Little scriptures, more sin – more scriptures, little sin!
Titus 2:12 Teaching us that denying ungodliness and wordly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.
Yes, the word teaches us how to live in this godless world. It teaches us how we can make a difference and how to shed light in darkness! When we depart from what the word of God teaches, we lose our power of effectiveness to a dying world. Does it surprise us then why the Lord chastises us? Not only is it for our own good but for the good of those watching us!
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Good works do not earn us salvation. But after salvation, our good works ought to represent what is in our hearts – the love of Christ! A desire to serve Him and do His work is a result of the precious salvation that He purchased!
How can our children learn what is right in this world if we do not discipline and teach them? It is no different with the Lord, Jesus Christ. He teaches us, disciplines us, and molds us into His likeness. Along with His word, we are being taught how to live holy lives so we can help others. His word perfects us!
Ephesians 4:12-13 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledege of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.
Is it any wonder that Christians today are weak? They have a diluted corruption of God’s holy word! We who have the true word of God in the King James Bible need to spend the time reading it, absorbing what God wants us to know, and growing spiritually! Then, and only then, can we make a difference to a dying world.