A Short Note to Self – teaching and taking correction

[You] know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. (James 3:1-2.)

Correct teaching

Even the most gentle correction can feel like blows:

As iron sharpens iron,
    so one person sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17.)

So we are to do it with all gentleness and humility:

[C]orrect, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction. (2 Timothy 4:2.)

I hope to receive and offer correction with the same desire Paul had:

What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline, or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?

If given a choice, wouldn’t you take love and a gentle spirit over a rod of discipline any day? After all, sound doctrine is an encouragement, not a burden.

[Teachers] must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so [they] can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. (Titus 1:9.)

While those who teach wrongly

… must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach. (Titus 1:11.)

Correcting wrong teaching is not optional. Doing it well requires patience and care, humility and love. And in all prayer, because it is the Spirit who is the true Counselor and Guide into the truth of God.

The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:26.)

God is the source of all correction that leads to a right understanding of himself. He always loves you and wants the best for you, and he is always kind to you. Always.

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