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Correction: A Biblical principle.


The last few days have caused me to have a rethink on this issue of “judge not” as it is used, abused and misapplied in biblically based discussion.

My write up today is to show Bible passages that clearly teach that correction is approved and is not judging at all.

The Bible is written to be used for correction

2 Timothy 3:16 " *All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, FOR CORRECTION,for instruction in righteousness"* :

God corrects us when we derail.

Jeremiah 30:11 " *For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will CORRECT THEE in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished"* .

Parents are to correct their children

Proverbs 29:17 ¶ *"Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul* ".

Proverbs 22:15 ¶ " *Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him".*

Sometimes our wicked lifestyles generate a correction for us in the process of life

Jeremiah 2:19 " *Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts".*

Men don’t like correction

Proverbs 15:10 ¶ " *Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die* "

Jeremiah 5:3 "O LORD, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return".

You cannot correct effectively without first pointing out the sin.

Nathan pointed out the sins of David.

2 Samuel 12:9 *"Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon".*

Samuel pointed out the sins of Saul.

1 Samuel 15:22 " *And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king"*

The fundamental question to ask is, was Saul and David not anointed men of God in their time? Why were their sins pointed out? It wasn't that Nathan who did the correction had no sin in order to be qualified to point out David sins.

It might interest you to note that Samuel who was correcting Saul had his children not walking upright.

We mix up issues today when we fail to analyze the context of first " _remove the log in your own eyes_ ". I could be a fornicator yet unnoticed and the topic of late coming is in the front burner and I know I am not a late comer. I am free to correct the one coming late. At least in that area, I am clean. Woe unto me, if because my sin of adultery is yet unnoticed, I then preside over a meeting where an adultery case is discussed and I make bold to correct or discipline such a person. Romans 2:21 *"Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? 22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?"

That is where that principle is applied.

Apostle Paul did not need to be sinless to correct Peter when he fumbled over the issue of circumcision. Galatians 2:11 ¶ " *But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed".*

If we all wait to be sinless before effecting correction, then no one shall be corrected.                                
May the good Lord open our eyes and hearts to correction and not hide under the umbrella of " _judge not_ " to perpetrate evil.  
Note that the Bible encourages us to judge, but righteous judgement.  John 7:24 *"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment".

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