Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, May 24th, 2020
Bearing Correction
I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
John 16:12 (NKJV)
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness...
2 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV)
I correct and discipline everyone I love.
Revelation 3:19 (NLT)
I believe God prefers gentle teaching: speaking softly and guiding tenderly, as a loving Father to His children.

But when we start acting rebellious, when we start rehearsing harmful habits, His love gets tougher. His correction comes.

Some of us (me) get so stuck in our ways, we learn to bear torment. We show it off-- as a stupid badge of worldly honor: like 'See how hard I work and what it's cost me' (which is why it took me 51 years and dump trucks of losses to come to Christ).

Consider lessons I learned so slowly...

* Pausing to hear the still small Voice of God protects us from agonizing mistakes, which come from our stubborn refusals.

* The Lord disciplines EVERYONE He loves, so we should review our disappointments in the light and truth of the Word of God.

* Complaining about the problems we face reveals the extent of our ignorance, rather than students learning our lessons.

* Realizing and appreciating the discomfort of God's course corrections sets us up for victorious results.

* Bearing God's discipline with thankful hearts enables us to represent Christ well. Surely, the humble will be exalted.

## Bearing Correction (Part 3)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bearing series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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