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“So correct me, Lord, but please be gentle. Do not correct me in anger, for I would die.” Jeremiah‬ ‭10:24‬

None of us like to be corrected. I think there’s two reasons for that. What is pride. Let’s face it, none of us like to be wrong.

Another reason we don’t like correction can be linked to the person doing the correcting. If we trust the person doing the correcting in love, then we realize that what they are doing is for our good and our benefit.

It’s far easier to take the correction when it’s done in love. Notice I didn’t say it is EASY to take that correction because correction of any kind can be difficult , even painful.
But when we know it’s for our best and the person doing the correct thing loves us it makes it EASIER.

In our verse today, the prophet Jeremiah is realizing his sin as well as the sin of his people. He is well aware of the fact that God loves him. He is well aware of God‘s power to be able to do anything. He is also aware of God’s wrath. That’s why he pleads for correction, not punishment. Correction is done in love. Punishment is done in anger. Correction is done for our benefit. Punishment is done for revenge.

God corrects, or disciplines, those he loves because he wants us to be better, to be stronger. Our job is to ask his for discipline and accept his action, knowing that he loves us and only wants our best.

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