Holy Spirit's Caring Correction by
Pastor John Hamel
“And ye have
forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you
as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor
faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as
with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth
not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers,
then are ye bastards, and not sons.”
have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them
reverence: shall we not much rather be in
subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 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. Now no chastening for the
present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous:
nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable
fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” (Hebrews
We are still
studying the Holy Spirit and the LocalChurch.
In our last
lesson we saw what the Holy Spirit expects from each and every member of
the LocalChurch. We closed
that study by looking at how the Pastor and the LocalChurch together are to
handle rebellious members who insist on living in sin. The Holy
Spirit requires that we cooperate with His form of Biblical government and
discipline, marking and denying fellowship to deliberate offenders.
For the remaining
three studies in this series we are going to learn how to receive
discipline and correction when the Holy Spirit sends it. Correction
and discipline are good things. We should be glad that our Father God
does not allow His children to live unsupervised
and to grow up out of control spiritually.
Following are some things
that everyone needs to understand about the Holy Spirit’s caring correction
& Discipline Are Not Punishment
“And ye have
forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you
as unto children, My son, DESPISE NOT THOU THE CHASTENING OF THE LORD, nor
faint when thou art rebuked of him:” (Verse 5)
The Greek word for
“chastening” in this verse is “paideia.” It
means “instruction and child training.” God does not punish us when we are wrong like some Earthly
parents do. Punishment comes from a principle of revenge, which
manifests itself through anger, severity and cruelty.
The Bible says that
God not only has love for us but God is love.
(1John 4:8) If God is love then He would never manifest Himself
through cruelty. The correction that the Holy Spirit is referring to
in this verse comes from a principle of loving concern.
“chastening” is actually the same word Paul used to the Ephesians when he
instructed them (us) to raise our children in the nurture and the
admonition of the Lord.
“And, ye fathers, PROVOKE NOT your children TO WRATH: but bring
them up in the NURTURE and the admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)
The Greek word for
“nurture” in this verse is the identical Greek word “paideia”
used for “chastening” in Hebrews 12:5. It means “instruction and
Paul is talking
about bending our children towards Godly living and doing so in a spirit of
love. Not love that allows the child to get away with anything and
everything because “after all, I don’t want to damage their psyche.”
That is a bunch of secular, humanistic garbage.
Paul talking about raising children with such severity and cruelty that
they end up just another statistic in the American penal system.
Cruel and severe parents frequently produce the most rebellious children of
One of the reasons
we have so many school and drive by shootings in America is because young
people have been so provoked to wrath by the severity of their parents that
all they want to do is make someone hurt as badly as they are
Another reason is because we have parents who just do
not bother expressing any kind of love or concern for their children that
these children, too, just want to see someone else suffer as they do. The
Holy Spirit forbids parents to ever be so severe with their children that
this would happen to them.
Paul is talking
about firm, protective love but he is not talking about cruelty or
severity. Paul is talking to parents about the kind of correction
that is from the principle of loving concern.
In Hebrews 12:5 he is
talking to adults, also, about the same kind of correction from the
principle of God’s loving concern.
us that God instructs and trains us in the same way that we are to instruct
and train our children, from a principle of loving concern.
Holy Spirit Corrects Us because He Cherishes Us
“For WHOM THE LORD
LOVETH HE CHASTENETH, and scourgeth every son
whom he receiveth.” (Verse 6)
I will be the first
one to admit that my relationship with the Trinity has been one of
correction and discipline. I know that God loves me and that He just
wants the best for me. I know from the Scriptures that He is not
being unjustifiably hard on me when He firmly corrects me. He
corrects me because He loves me. He corrects me because He delights
in me. That is what the word “receiveth”
means, “to delight in someone or something.”
God corrects everyone He
delights in. I can promise you, I am acquainted with His delight.
In our next lesson we will study all the ways God corrects
and you will discover that sickness,
disease and poverty do not
even make the list. If you insist that God is using sickness to
correct and discipline you for something, why not just admit the sin that
you claim He is correcting you for so He can stop “chastening” you with
sickness? This is an ignorant and unscriptural argument.
Holy Spirit Corrects Us because We Are His Family
“IF YE ENDURE
CHASTENING, GOD DEALETH WITH YOU AS WITH SONS; for what son is he whom the
father chasteneth not? But if ye be without
chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not
sons.” (Verses 7,8)
Correction is not
rejection. Correction is acceptance in action. It is just the
Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit taking care of family business.
The Apostle Paul said if we do not allow God to correct us that we are
“bastards” or “illegitimate children.” He said if we go without
correction then someone other than God is our father. Who’s your
There are only three powers in the Universe. The power of God is
the benevolent power. It is the power of good. The power of
Satan is the malevolent power. It is the power of evil. The power
of man is the neutral power. Man is either yielding to the power of
God, or he is yielding to the power of Satan. There is no neutral
If you refuse to yield to the power of God, allowing Him to
correct and discipline you, you are yielding wholly to the power of
Satan. This is why the Scripture says that when we reject correction
we are not sons.
Notice also that
correction and discipline are not judgment. As a Pastor the Holy
Spirit has occasionally led me to gently correct someone who stepped out of
line Scripturally. In more than one of these instances I was told
through tears by the one in need of correction, “You’re judging me.
You’re just judging me.” I responded, “No, I am not judging
you. God judged you at Calvary.
Because that’s been settled, God now has the right to correct you and
discipline you. He sent me to you because He loves you.”
Not only that, but
the Pastor has the right to judge sin as sin. None of us are to judge
the people in the world. However, each of us is called to judge sin
as sin when we confront it in the Body. (1Corinthians ,13) To top that off, the Bible also
says that judgment is indeed one of the ways that God uses to instruct us
in righteousness. (Isaiah 29:6)
of Christ simply needs to stop whining, “You’re judging me” when
legitimate, deserved correction is at hand. It is love in action.
We will study more
about how to handle correction when it comes, but let me just say
this. The last thing you want to do is to begin to find fault with
the one that God sends to correct you. Why not just make it easy on
yourself and just listen to what God wants you to hear. One way or
another, whether through gentle admonition or out back at the woodshed, so
to speak, God will get His message through to you. (Galatians 6:7,8)
It is up to you to decide the route He will take.
Holy Spirit Is Seeking to Develop Character in Us All
“Furthermore we have
had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence:
shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the
Father of spirits, and live? 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.” (Verses 9,10)
Paul referred to
our Earthly fathers correcting us. He then referred to our giving
them reverence for doing so. I believe that one thing Paul was
referring to here is that we ultimately grow up to thank them for not
spoiling us through a lack of correction. Spoiled, undisciplined,
selfish children encounter ten thousand woes as they go out into a world
that simply will not accept them.
We are no good to ourselves, to God
or anyone else when we are spoiled, characterless children. Character
development is the goal of all caring correction.
I grew up in the
“hippie generation” of the 60’s and 70’s, and we were probably some of the
most rebellious people in human history. I believe America is in the state
that it is today, civilly, spiritually and politically, because the rebels
that I grew up with are now ruling our Nation. I thank God regularly
that Jesus got a hold of me as a young hippie boy with no direction in
I also believe
former “hippies” make the best Gospel Preachers because before God roped us
in, we had already cast every social care to the wind. We just do not
care what anybody thinks but Jesus now! If God needs to give me a
spiritual spanking to develop character in me and to make me a “more fit” vessel, far be it from me to hide a book in
the back of my pants to lessen the effect. I want to just get it over
with and grow up so He will trust me more. (Proverbs 9:8)
& Discipline Never Were Intended to Be Fun
“Now NO CHASTENING
FOR THE PRESENT SEEMETH TO BE JOYOUS, but grievous: nevertheless afterward
it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness
unto them which are exercised thereby.” (Verse 11)
There is no doubt
about it; correction and discipline can be extremely uncomfortable.
You do not even have to be a Prophet to figure that out. God is not
concerned with your happiness above all else. God is concerned with
your obedience above all else. This is because He knows that you are
never going to experience joy in life until you first learn how to obey
Him. There are no blessings in life for the disobedient and God wants
to bless you.
Nobody likes to be
restrained, rebuked or corrected. Human beings resist change.
Correction and discipline demand change. However, this is how
obedient men and women of God are produced. There simply is no other
The Bible says that all human children come with foolishness as
standard equipment and they don’t just grow out of it. “Foolishness”
means “evil, silliness and perverseness of body and soul.” That
foolishness needs to be driven out in order for the human being to become a
fit and a powerful vessel for God. (Proverbs 22:15)
In our next lesson
we are going to look at the ways God sends correction. I pray that God
will open your heart before then to the areas where you are in need of
correction. Maybe you are about to marry an unbeliever or to enter a
wrong business relationship. The Bible says to be not unevenly yoked
with unbelievers. (2Corinthians )
the Holy Spirit is trying to talk to you through the Bible, your
conscience, family members, friends or your Pastor about an area where you
are off base.Are you listening
We encourage you to
study these lessons with an open mind, ready to receive. The Bible
says that correction goes deeper into a wise man than one hundred blows
into a fool. (Proverbs 17:10)
We believe you are reading these
studies because you are one of God’s wise children.