Words from the Heart for Friday September 22nd, 2017
Anyone who pays attention to correction shows the path to life. But anyone who refuses to be corrected leads others down the wrong path.
Proverbs 10:17 (NIRV)
Correction or Not
Don’t think that you do not have influence. Every time you choose to pay attention to correction you are actually showing others the better way to order their lives. We often are very sad when we see how sinful choices influence others. However, please be assured your godly choices are having an effect.
Correctional Services Canada does a good job ensuring that those who are placed under their oversight stay under their care until the sentence is served. There are some exceptions. On September 10, 1923, inmate Norman “Red” Ryan, planned and carried out an escape from the Kingston Penitentiary with a number of fellow inmates. After setting fire to a shed as a distraction, the gang used a ladder and went over the wall. They stole a car from a nearby property and fled the city.
We all make mistakes. It is often how we learn to not make mistakes in the future. We learn from them and grow from them. It is often a major part in our maturing process. How we cope with our mistakes really proves what we are truly made of and what we will become. King Solomon noticed this centuries ago. He wrote in Proverbs 10:17: “Anyone who pays attention to correction shows the path to life. But anyone who refuses to be corrected leads others down the wrong path.” We are going to make mistakes. How we respond to them, and how we react to the correction that the Lord brings makes all the difference. If we try to hide our mistakes, if we ignore them or deny them, we not only cannot learn the lesson that God wants us to learn, but it can lead to more mistakes, deeper sin and a more challenging future. But if we determine that we will learn the lesson, then we will admit our mistake and confess our sin. God’s grace can then do its work of forgiving, healing and maturing us in Christlikeness.
These have been words from the heart.