Correction Unto Holiness

“For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.”

Hebrews 12:10

When I was young, I learned a few things – albeit most times the hard way. One thing I learned is to not disobey my parents in front of other people or embarrass them with my foolish acts. I was quite familiar with being in trouble, and I wish I would have obeyed as opposed to learning from the rod of correction.

I remember one particular rough week due to my foolishness and laziness, and I had achieved new heights for even me. I had received a poor report card (along with some corrective action to my backside) on Monday and my teacher asked to speak to my parents on a Wednesday night after church. There were some crazy kids in my class who looked forward to parent-teacher conferences, but I outright feared them as I knew I would be in trouble the moment they came back from them.

On this particular Wednesday night, my parents went into my classroom with my teacher and spent some quality time in there. I could not remember any particular wrong I had done, but there were plenty wrongs to choose from. The meeting ended after about 45 minutes and my parents told me to get into the car. My teacher did not make eye contact with me, and I knew my fate was sealed. We got to the house, and I went straight to my bedroom. I knew what was coming, and I was still sore and worn out from the previous Monday.

My dad administered the correction and tears ran down his face. He hated to spank me again, but I gave him no other option. He would often ask if I knew why he was spanking me and I would reply, “Because you don’t want me to go to jail.” He would nod, and tell me he loved me and give me a hug. I knew my parents wanted me to grow up to be a godly man, but they were only human. I am sure at times they spanked me for their own prideful reasons, and I am sure there were times when they were just mad. I am grateful they loved me enough to correct me, and I am grateful for a Heavenly Father who chastens me with perfect love and motives. I am grateful that I never went to prison, and I thankful for the spankings I got. I am also grateful for the chastening from my Heavenly Father as it shows He loves me and wants to correct me.

Are you grateful for the loving chastening of the Lord? Do you desire to be holy like your Heavenly Father? Do you know He desires what is best for your life? I can think of no greater compliment than to be labeled as a Christian and a follower of God. Oh, that we would look more like our Heavenly Father every day as we near eternity! Whom do you look like? Do you look like the world or do you glow with the joy that comes only from walking with the Father? May we profit from His chastening, and may we be holy as He is holy.

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