Fresh Hope – 22nd March 2017

How do you handle correction? By taking offence? By hearing it as rejection? By getting defensive? All of us need people who’ll be honest with us because we’re easily blinded by our egos. When God sends someone to correct you, it’s because he loves you. He only does that to those He values. Listen: Hebrews 12:7-11 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined – and everyone undergoes discipline – then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

So how do you handle correction? By killing the messenger? By making sure that he or she never gets to you again? By giving in to self pity and saying, ‘people do not understand or appreciate me?’ Your life needs to be sharpened constantly, so stay close to those that God sends to you.

Accountable people always exhibit 4 qualities:

Vulnerability. They are capable of knowing when they are wrong and admitting it, even before they are confronted.

Teachability. They are willing to hear, quick to learn and always open to counsel

Availability. They are accessible. They don’t avoid you.

Honesty. They hate anything phoney and are committed to the truth no matter how much it hurts.

Pride and ego has to fall when you are willing to be make yourself accountable, so when God sends good people into your world that love you enough to challenge you, then try to be an open book…you’ll not regret it in the long run.

Pastor Mark

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