The Transformation of Rebuke
“If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you” (Proverbs 1.23 NIV).
God doesn’t rebuke us to shame us but to transform us. The Bible says that Jesus came to this world not to condemn us but to save us. We will always be flawed, and those imperfections become plainly visible in the light of a perfect God. As we draw near to God, He will highlight our sin in order to perfect us into the image of Jesus. However, if we do not “respond” to God’s rebuke, we will learn nothing and the process of our glorious transformation will stagnate. We must throw off the guilt of this world and walk in the truth and love of our relationship with God. And the truth is that God loves us, and His correction does not have to sting. Our pride is the only thing that is wounded when God continues the process of pruning us; but when we decide to walk with Him in humility, the grace and mercy of God overflows. When we become open to God’s correction, His thoughts and heart flood through us like a river. So let us gladly receive God’s rebuke and joyfully humble ourselves to His correction because we know that our intimacy with God will deepen, and the beautiful ramifications of that intimacy will affect every area of our lives with His greater good.
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3.17 ESV).