Hebrews 12:5 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:
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
The Bible clearly teaches that no believer is sinless. As such, each believer experiences times when he is rebuked of the Lord. It is a natural part of the Christian life. At the same time, there will be circumstances which will bring about rebuke from other believers (Ecclesiastes 7:5). These are healthy elements of Christian growth. Yet, the goal of every believer should be one where he lives a life beyond rebuke. Paul’s desire for the Philippian believers was that they “may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation” (Philippians 2:15). He then admonished Timothy to keep God’s commandment “without spot” and “unrebukeable” (1 Timothy 6:14).
∙ (For children): If someone points out to us that we could do better in some areas of our lives, we should be grateful to him or her. The Lord wants us to live so others will know that we love and serve Him (Matthew 5:16). Read what He says about those who don’t receive rebuke (Proverbs 10:17b; Proverbs 12:1b).
∙ (For everyone): How should we respond when rebuked by the Lord? How should we respond when rebuked by someone who loves the Lord and has wisdom?
∙ What are some measures we could take to insure that we are “without rebuke”? How could 1 Corinthians 11:31 assist us in this endeavour?
∙ Thank the Lord for those who love you enough to rebuke you.
∙ Ask the Lord to help you receive rebuke in a godly manner.
Quotes from the next volume
(VOLUME 3, WEEK 39)
In shedding His blood, the Lord Jesus Christ became man’s sacrifice, and man need look no further than the shed blood of Christ for the means by which God is satisfied.
Though the scriptures are plain that Christ gave Himself as man’s complete and only sacrifice, the New Testament declares that the believer, because of salvation, will offer unto God spiritual sacrifices (1 Peter 2:5).