Day 5: Correcting with Purpose

“My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction:  for whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”  Proverbs 3:11-12

M46 Project Challenge:  Talk to your children about the purpose of correction, and remind them that because you love them, you correct them.

To scold is to admonish, rebuke, or chastise, and may be construed as rejection.  Yet, to correct is to make right.  Scolding can be accomplished impetuously and thoughtlessly, while correction requires deliberate, constructive approach and typically requires more time.   Scolding is an act of authority, while correction is a demonstration of commitment and love.

To chasten us is to alter or restrain us.  Note that scripture speaks of God chastening us, not chastising us.  His purpose is to protect and redirect us, helping us to right our path – but “even as a father the son in whom he delighteth,” He does so as His demonstration of love for us as His children.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank you for your loving correction.  Please show me how to lovingly correct my child so she can understand and honor your ways, and receive all of the blessings of honor and obedience.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Thought:  “Love is patient…kind…does not dishonor others…is not self-seeking…is not easily angered…always protects…always perseveres…never fails…”

Next up, a bit about modeling.  More on that tomorrow…

Keep it Lit,


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