”My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline,
but don’t be crushed by it either.
It’s the child He loves that He disciplines;
the child he embraces, he also corrects.
God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He’s treating you as dear children.” (Hebrews 12:6,7 MSG)
There have been many instances this year where I have been cautioned, checked and corrected by the Holy Spirit. It didn’t always feel ‘good’ and I must confess, I didn’t always listen but I know I would have been a walking disaster in 2020 without God’s gentle correction.
The task today is simple – reflect on how God has corrected and stopped you from making a bad situation worse in 2020 and thank Him for that. Thank Him for that gentle restraint of the Spirit that stopped you from dicing and slicing off your spouse/colleague’s head with your tongue; that gentle rebuke that prompted you to ask for forgiveness from someone you offended.
As long as you and I live in this fleshly tent, we will always be prone to temptations, mistakes and overreactions, which is why the Holy Spirit has been given to us as our standby helper to caution, restrain and rebuke us as necessary.
As you thank Him today, also ask that your heart remain tender to divine stimuli and correction.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Father, thank You for all the ways You restrained, cautioned and re-directed my steps in 2020. Thank You for pruning me so I can be who You want me to be.
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