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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.”—Revelation 3:19 (NKJV)
Be advised: The Lord’s rebuke and reproof is the preventative medicine that keeps us on the path to good spiritual health. Granted, the reproving shot may sting at first, but the benefit is immeasurable.
Rest assured: You are part of the many He loves and is fond of. As such, expect to receive the medicine, because the Lord chastens the one He loves (Hebrews 12:6).
Be aware: His delight is a teachable, humble spirit—one who loves instruction and heeds it. In this case and for the sake of your walk with Christ, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged (Hebrews 12:5).
Truly, do not be ashamed. The woman at the well had much to despise when Christ addressed her. She had much to be ashamed of when He finished His rebuke. Yet, she went from drawing stagnant well water to accepting Jesus as the Living Water. On the other side of her reproof was the path of life with a testimony that impacted the lives of many (John 4:39).
Do not ignore it. Reproof is “a fork in the road for a sinful soul.” Judas would have been wise to listen to Jesus and turn from his covetousness (John 12:7). Yet, with his hands clutching the purse of this world, eternal riches were lost to him. The love and counsel of Jesus were refused; he chose the fruit of his way, found no satisfaction, and went to the brink of utter ruin (Proverbs 5:12-14).
Don’t lose heart. Martha did not become discouraged from service when the Lord rebuked her complaint (Luke 10:40-42). In fact, months later, in the house of Simon the leper, we see her serving without grumbling (John 12:2). Also, Peter, who was rebuked more than once by Christ, did not shrink back in despair; instead, he rose to the challenge to feed His sheep.
Furthermore, practice it! Iron sharpens iron, but always and only with the motive of love and restoration. You, who are spiritual, be a herald of the Word of God for reproof, correction, and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 4:2). It is sometimes a bitter pill to swallow and even tougher to give, but every joint and ligament it supplies and every part does its share, causing the whole body of Christ to be strong and healthy.
Dig: Is there some area of your life that is under conviction? Is Jesus reproving or rebuking you for something you are doing or not doing?
Discover: Knowing reproof is preventative medicine, are you struggling to accept it?
Display: Because God is the Great Physician, accept His help, follow the Doctor’s orders, and prepare to feel renewed!
Lisa Supp lives in Utah and has served within the CCFL Web and Prayer Ministry since 2011. She also volunteers as an editor on the CCFL Prayer Wall and is a writer on the Communications Team. Retired from teaching, Lisa and her husband Ron volunteer at their local Calvary Chapel and share a passion for Scripture, apologetics, and education.