But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord
so that we will not be condemned along with the world.
I Corinthians 11:32
When we receive correction from our authority, it is from God. The purpose for the judging, criticism, counsel is so we will live more holy lives in the world. Difficult though it may be, we need to look at Godly counsel as coming from God. The key is Godly. When a person uses Scripture (God’s Words), we should cause us to pay attention and check out the verse to see how they apply to us.
One way to think of it is when a mother asks a child to call the other children to come inside. He may go out and say, “Come inside.” The others may or may not come in. When he adds the two words “Mommy says,” action should happen. Although it was not Mommy’s voice, the words were Mommy’s, and Mommy should be obeyed.
When someone uses God’s Words with us, we should check them out in the Bible ourselves. We need to ask the Lord how that passage or that principle applies to us. We need to thank the Lord that another person cared enough to draw our attention to God’s Word. If the verses don’t seem to apply to our situation, we still should thank the Lord for he person who pointed them out and meditate on the verses. They are God’s Word, and they will be a help in some way. If the verses fit our situation, we need to ask the Lord to help us to put them in practice , confess and forsake any sin involved, and thank the Lord that someone cared enough to draw our attention to the Bible.
The beauty of accepting the judgment/correction/criticism as from God is that we will “not be condemned along with the world.” We won’t be condemned because we won’t be there. We won’t be guilty because of association. We won’t caught in the trap that is laid for their punishment, because we won’t be near them. We won’t be called into question as if part of their group, because we won’t look like them, speak like them, or act like them. By accepting judgment/correction/criticism as from God, we will be more like Christ and less like the world.
One little problem is that we often don’t like the voice God uses to speak His words. We too often take offense at the voice and don’t listen to God’s Words. We need to look beyond the person speaking and concentrate on God and His Word. What is important is what God says, not who He uses. God uses young children and older people, harsh voices and gentle ones, irritating situations and lovely times, friends and enemies, Scripture that we hear and verses that come to our minds. We need to be listening for God’s Words all the time. If we are daily reading the Bible, we will be more prepared to hear God’s Word throughout the day.
Blessed is the man whom You chasten, O Lord,
And whom You teach out of Your law . . .
For the Lord will not abandon His people,
Nor will He forsake His inheritance.
Psalm 94:12 and 14
All discipline for the moment
seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful;
yet to those who have been trained by it,
afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.