Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, May 1st, 2018
Love... Is Corrective
My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,

Nor detest His correction;

For whom the Lord loves He corrects,

Just as a father the son in whom he delights.
Proverbs 3:11-12 (NKJV)
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.
Revelation 3:19 (NKJV)
In an age of moral relativity, truth has 7.6 billion faces and countless opinions. Therein, how can anyone correct anything? The most prudent among us measure our words--or remain silent.

But right now in the U.S, blood boils, heads steam and tongues rage in political pots. Most people are glued to the drama of the stove. Cooks are delighted, and media fans the flames of fame (or infamy)... for profit.

That's the state of our world. God allowed it, and we're not called to correct it: neither chefs nor reporters; neither managers nor diners. The best we can do is love... in every way God directs and Christ examples.

That being said, within the fellowship of faith, Truth is not relative. It's absolute. Truth has One Face, One Book and One Judge. In house, He believes in correction:

Why we need it, what it means and how to give it to our kin: knowing the corrector is not superior to the corrected.

'All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work' (2 Timothy 3:16-17, NIV).

'If another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path' (Galatians 6:1 NLT).

Therefore, we love.

## Love Series: Love Is Constant (Part 32)

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