Proverbs of a 37 yr old man
God corrects us because he loves us. If you had done the right thing, you would be smiling. But you did the wrong thing, and now sin is waiting to attack you like a lion. Sin wants to destroy you, but don't let it! Many people do not want to learn how to behave well. They want to choose how they will live their lives. God is our father. A father teaches his son. Sometimes, the father must correct or punish his son. In the same way, God corrects us. God does not correct us because he is angry. God corrects us because he loves us. A human father should not punish his child because the father is angry. Rather, the father corrects the child because the father loves his child. If God corrects us, then we should be glad. His correction teaches us to do the right things. His correction will save us from troubles. We are like a fruit tree, if a branch has no fruit, God cuts it shorter. He does this so that the branch will have more fruit. God does not forget about us. He watches us. He sees our errors. In love, he corrects us. If you hear God’s voice today, do not refuse him. He might correct us by some word that we read in the Bible. He might use the advice of other people, for example, a minister or friend. He might even use someone who is not a Christian. Remember, sometimes correction includes punishment. Punishment is not pleasant at the time. Punishment seems painful. Later, however, it produces something good. We learn peace, we learn right actions, and we reap the peaceful reward of a righteous life. We are God's children of faith. If he did not correct us, we should not be his children. We respect our natural fathers who correct us. In the same way, we must respect God.