“She listens to no voice; she accepts no correction. She does not trust in in the Lord; she does not draw near to her God” (Zephaniah 3.2 ESV).
The Holy Spirit is very good at correcting us when something in our lives is not pleasing to Him. He doesn’t correct us to shame us; rather, He corrects us to help us avoid danger and to stay on His path of blessings. Many times our pride prevents us from hearing correction from the Lord. His voice is loving, yet stern; and if our hearts are not humble and our ears not open, we will miss His words of life to us. When we accept correction from the Lord, we are showing Him that we trust Him. We trust Him with our hearts and lives, and we know that He will not do anything to destroy us. Instead, as we draw near to Him, we feel Him building us up and making us stronger. Correction may feel like it is tearing us down, but in actuality it is molding us into the perfect image of Christ. Correction stings at first, but God always lathers our rawness with healing peace, as we give our pride to Him.
“Blessed is the one whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty” (Job 5.17 NIV).