How to Receive the
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.
Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make
straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the
way; but let it rather be healed.” (Hebrews 12:5-13)
We have come to our
final lesson on “The Holy Spirit & the LocalChurch.”
last study we looked at some things that everyone needs to understand about
the Holy Spirit’s caring correction and discipline. We saw that
correction and discipline are not punishment. They are a form of
affection. We saw that the Holy Spirit corrects His family because He
loves and cherishes us. We saw how the Holy Spirit is seeking to
develop character in His family and that it is not necessarily intended to
In this lesson we
are going to be studying how to receive correction and discipline when the
Holy Spirit sends it.
Let's look at some Scripture first.
“Reprove not a
scorner, lest he hate thee: REBUKE A WISE MAN, AND HE WILL LOVE THEE.”
“LET THE RIGHTEOUS
SMITE ME; IT SHALL BE A KINDNESS: AND LET HIM REPROVE ME; IT SHALL BE AN EXCELLENT OIL, WHICH SHALL NOT BREAK MY HEAD.
For yet my prayer shall also be in their calamities.” (Psalm 141:5)
The Bible says that
correction is a kindness and an excellent oil that
will not break your head. You can live through any type of properly
delivered correction if you just make a decision to buck up and be mature
So let's look at some steps that will help the wise man or
woman receive the excellent oil of correction.
the Holy Spirit to Keep You Correctable
This is something
that you must do long before potential correction ever comes. You
want to prepare yourself ahead of time so that if and when it does come,
you will not be overwhelmed by it. That is the intention of this
lesson. There are lots of people who are teachable. They love
to learn the Word but they are not correctable. There is a big
difference between being teachable and being correctable.
can quote chapter and verse in any situation but when it comes time to
correct them for something, they fall apart all over the place. That
is pride. Pride is not correctable.
younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one
to another, and be clothed with humility: for GOD RESISTETH THE PROUD, AND
GIVETH GRACE TO THE HUMBLE. Humble yourselves therefore under the
mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” (1Peter 5:5,6)
Now is the time to
ask the Holy Spirit to keep you correctable, before the time comes when you
might need it. Do it right now in your heart. Do it
always. Ultimately everyone faces a time of correction and
discipline. You will be well prepared when it comes if you will ask
the Holy Spirit to prepare you now and not later.
Let us now move on
to how to actually handle correction when it does comes, which it most
Swift to Hear, Slow to Speak & Slow to Wrath
beloved brethren, LET EVERY MAN BE SWIFT TO HEAR, SLOW TO SPEAK, SLOW TO
WRATH: For the wrath of man worketh not the
righteousness of God.” (James 1:19,20)
This is not the
time to backslide by becoming angry and hastily speaking in your own
defense. Nor is it the time to resort to emotional manipulation,
temper tantrums, name-calling, self-justification or blame shifting.
It is the time to sit quietly, calmly listen and control your
“HE THAT IS SLOW TO
WRATH IS OF GREAT UNDERSTANDING: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.” (Proverbs 14:29)
Do not start
behaving or speaking in a way that you will deeply regret later.
Alexander the Great was a great conqueror outwardly, but inwardly he could
not conquer his own wrath. One day in a fit of rage, he slew his best
friend, Cletus, and regretted it for the rest of his life.
Do not say
or do anything to make matters worse. The vast majority of
individuals respond to correction with anger and other uncontrolled
emotion. Just sit there and say, “Holy Spirit, help me to be lucid
and to listen carefully. Some of this just might be true, in Jesus’
to Yield to Blame-Shifting & Self-Justification
repeating. Blame shifting and self-justification are just going to
make matters worse, much worse. The Bible says God resists the proud
and the last thing you need right now is for God to be resisting you when He wants to help you.
“Let the righteous
smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an
excellent oil, which shall not break my head: FOR YET MY PRAYER ALSO SHALL
BE IN THEIR CALAMITIES.” (Psalm 141:5)
When David said,
“For yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities”, he literally said,
“Don’t let the oil of the wicked anoint my head, for I have prayed against
the evil that they do.” Piecing the whole verse together properly
now, David was actually saying, “Lord, help me to receive correction from
the righteous so that you won’t have to allow the wicked to correct
When we refuse to
receive correction from the righteous, the Holy Spirit will allow the
unsaved to correct us. Just look at some of the ways He allowed the
media to correct fallen Ministries who would not listen to the men and
women of God who had been admonishing them to repent. They would not
listen. They blame shifted and continued to justify their wrong doing, by
their own public admission, until finally God allowed the unsaved to expose
them and deliver them from their sin.
Adam tried to blame
God for his sin. He said, “God, it was the woman that You gave to me.
You brought her to me and she brought the fruit to me.
Therefore, it is all Your fault. You have no business judging me
now.” That was a classic case of blame shifting. (Genesis 3:12)
When the Prophet
Samuel instructed King Saul to utterly destroy the Amalakites
and to spare nothing and no one, King Saul disobeyed the Prophet’s
command. He spared the best of the sheep and the oxen and used the
lame excuse “the people did it to have sacrifices for the Lord.” (1Samuel
classic case of blame shifting. King Saul was the leader and he was
to be telling the people what to do, not vice versa. He even began to
lie to Samuel, telling him that he did exactly as he was told when he knew
that he had not. (1Samuel ) King Saul’s
rebellion, blame shifting and lying when he was called on the carpet cost
him his Anointing, ultimately his entire family and his life.
If the Pastor, your
boss, a friend or your mate confronts you about your attitude, tardiness,
untruthfulness, maybe bad breath or dirty fingernails do not start
justifying yourself. Check yourself. Do not refuse it.
Check your attitude. Check your tardiness. Check your truth
level. Check your breath and your fingernails. The Holy Spirit
is trying to help you and promote you.
You are the head of your life
and you are accountable for your attitude, truthfulness, personal hygiene,
dependability, etc. Let integrity guide you when correction comes,
not blame shifting, self-justification, rebellion or pride. (Proverbs
the Holy Spirit If the Correction Is Necessary
“SEARCH ME, O GOD,
AND KNOW MY HEART: try me, and know my thoughts:” (Psalm 139:23)
It could be that the
Holy Spirit is bringing an imperfection to the surface so that it can be
removed. Even if the corrector does not have the facts entirely
straight, even if the corrector is flawed, even if only a small part of
what they are saying is true, you do want to know about it. The area
that is being addressed is affecting your family and your friends, not just
& See What the Bible Says about Your Fault
“TEACH ME, O LORD,
THE WAY OF THY STATUTES; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me
understanding, and I shall keep thy law; YEA, I SHALL OBSERVE IT WITH MY
WHOLE HEART.” (Psalm 119:33,34)
The Psalmist is
saying here, “Show me what to do about myself from Your Word, Lord, and
I’ll see to it that it gets done.” The Holy Spirit wants to show us
from the Scripture what He has agreed to do to help us to change in the
area where we are being corrected.
I will give you an
example. Growing up I was frequently shown harsh, unjust, even
violent treatment. I was unacquainted with fair, proper, Godly, caring
correction and discipline. All I ever knew was severe punishment, not
love. Of course, this developed in me the tendency to be the same
way. That is only natural.That was my only example. God’s Word to me concerning this is,
“He hath showed thee, o man, what is good: and what doth the Lord require
of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy
God?” (Micah 6:8)
By reading this Scripture, softly speaking it over
and over to myself, the tendency to be harsh is softened and I keep getting
better, not bitter.
problem might be, find what the Scripture says about it and begin to speak
it to yourself softly over and over, and it will get down on the inside of
you. Each time Satan comes to tempt you in the area of your greatest
weakness you will have God’s promise to fall back on and the power of the Holy Spirit to strengthen you.
the Holy Spirit for Correcting You
“In everything give
thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
We should be
thankful that the Holy Spirit does not reject us when we are wrong.
He corrects us because we belong to Him and He cherishes us. We must
always keep in mind that correction is acceptance in action. We can
be thankful that the Holy Spirit takes a personal interest in our
Let me remind you
again that caring correction and discipline is not judgment. It is love.
You are being improved. There is no condemnation for being wrong.
(Romans 8:1,2) It is okay to be wrong but it is not okay to stay
wrong when the Holy Spirit is showing you that you are wrong. He is
trying to protect you and to provide for you. He loves you. Show Him that
you love Him as well by not rejecting His help.
One day He could be
sending you to someone as their corrector. You will want to be able
to truthfully tell them that you were once in their shoes and that you
handled it maturely, too.
“Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest
him out of thy law; For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will
he forsake his inheritance.” (Psalm 94:12,14)