Bible Texts: Heb.12:5-6, Ps.51:10, Gen.17:1, 1Jn.4:17
And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? My sons, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves and chastises every son whom he receives (Heb.12:5-6) ESV.
One of my most treasured moments with my heavenly Father is His discipline. With each discipline, I become better and matured (Gen.17:1). I recall in the year 2000 while travelling to Kano state of Nigeria for my primary assignment as a corp member, the word of the Lord from Hebrews chapter 12 and verse 5 and 6 sprang up strongly in my spirit. And on the spot I prayed silently this prayer to God. “Father, please chastise me when I am wrong”. I did not understand the enormity of that prayer but I knew God loves me the same way my earthly father wants the best for me. And over the years, my heavenly Father has not stopped to correct and chastise me each time I cross the line or go off-track. I accept His corrections with the whole of my heart and with joy because He loves me and cares for me as my earthly father did before he went to be with the Lord while I was still in secondary school.
So, do you want to grow and be better as the good and godly man, husband and father? Do you want to develop into the fullness of the nature and character of the good and godly husbandman like Jesus Christ? As He is so are we in this world..(1Jn.4:17). Then you must willingly accept the correction of your heavenly Father because He loves and cares for you.
Let me mention some areas where you expect the chastisement and correction of God. Firstly, it is the words of your mouth. Sometimes, you say the wrong things that hurt your wife, children and others and you hear the Spirit of the Lord tells you that you are wrong. Other times, you get entangled in unhealthy relationships and God through the Person of the Holy Spirit, cautions you. It could also be the way you spend your finances carelessly and God redirects and teaches you the best way.
God loves and cares for you. His chastisement and corrections make you the good and godly husbandman.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, forgive me for every wrong step I have taken against You and my wife and children.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, restore unto me the joy of my salvation.
- Father, in the Name of Jesus, give me grace to accept Your rebuke and correction and help me to obey You.
I exercise myself in the truth of God’s word to provide good and godly leadership to my wife and children because that is what makes me the good and godly husbandman in Jesus name. Amen.
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Bro. Ebenezer O. Igure