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Reproof and Correction

by | Aug 31, 2022 | Genuine Hope | 0 comments

Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20

A lot is said about the harmful effects of the digital age on our culture, but the internet is simply a tool. It can take some to very dark places and others can find enlightenment and knowledge with a Google or a YouTube video, especially if you like to learn.

The book, Now, Discover Your Strengths, is intended to help the reader discover his or her strengths and then apply those strengths in the workplace and in other areas of life. One of the strength profiles is described as a Learner.

The Learner has a “great desire to learn and wants to continually improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them.”

When was the last time you were excited about learning something new? Now, when was the last time you learned something new from reading Scripture?

While there is some value in learning from a YouTube tutorial (I watched a couple of them last night), there is much more to be gained from learning and applying the truth of God’s word in our lives. In his letter to Timothy, Paul remarked that Scripture is “profitable for teaching” 2 Timothy 3:16). Timothy was a teacher of God’s word (not his own), but his church was to learn, not just for the sake of learning, but for the spiritual growth of the follower of Christ.

  • “For reproof” Sometimes our words and actions don’t exactly line up, right? So, it is by the word of God, that our error is exposed.
  • “For correction” Sometimes we recognize the error of our ways, but fail to take corrective action and so the change is never realized.

Paul also warned Timothy that there are some who are “always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7). There it is. The goal of learning is arriving at the knowledge of the truth.

When was the last time Scripture challenged your way of thinking about a particular topic with Biblical truth?

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