“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
LIGHT FOR NOW: The scripture is our final authority.
A vital fact that must be appreciated is that God loves us his children and because he loves us, he corrects us when we go wrong. The word, ‘correction’ in our opening text was translated from the Greek word which implies ratification. It is used for the improvement of life or character. He doesn’t harm us, neither does he bring pain on us when we go wrong but corrects us in love with his word. God’s word is God’s corrective tool. He only corrects us within the conduit of his word.
The new creature has a new nature with the character traits of the new creature, hence when he acts contrary to his nature, God with his word corrects him so he could live out his character traits as one who is born of God. Hebrews 4:12 let us know that the word of God is a ‘discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart’. The word ‘discerner’ used here implies judge, that is, it is used for judging. Meaning the word judges our thoughts. When a believer does wrong, we can say the word of God in him corrects him. The aim of God’s word judging believers when they do wrong is not to condemn or punish them; rather it is to correct them. The judgment does not deal with the believer negatively but deals with the bad actions and corrects the bad actions.
The believer is to accept this correction from the word and in accepting correction, we correct ourselves by ourselves. Believers judge themselves by allowing the corrections from the scriptures as touching bad conduct to change their lives.
Moreover, the Spirit of God inside of you grieves when you do wrong. When Paul was talking about grieving the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 4:30, it was about conduct. That is why the next verse (31) says “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you with all malice”. The Holy Spirit does not get angry with us and leave us when we do wrong; He grieves and that is him judging our actions not for condemnation, rather for correction to effect. When the believer has allowed God’s correction from the scripture by the spirit have effect in him, the believer has judged (corrected) himself. Note that the sole aim of this correction is for the believer to live out his realities and neither for destruction nor condemnation. This is because the believer doing wrong does not change the fact that he is born of God and has the nature of God in him. It is that nature of God in him that judges the bad actions which does not sync with the nature of God in him for correction to take effect. The believer still has the authority to resist the devil even when he had done wrong. The authority does not leave because of misconduct. So never allow the devil to accuse or condemn you because your wrong doing is not to him but within your father’s family and Satan is not your father neither is he part of the family. While correction is taking place by God’s spirit via his word, don’t give the devil a place to harass you. This is why the word of God is critical. If you do not know it, Satan will rob you of your realities and he will use your ignorance as advantage to strike. You are born of the word. Be full of the word and live out your realities in its totality.
INSTRUCTION: Act upon the word.
PRAYER: Father, I allow your word in my spirit to regulate my daily life, in Jesus name. Amen.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: Romans chapter 12; EVENING: Ephesians Chapter 6