#8 ~ Correction

Harnessing the Power of the Tongue

For the Glory of God

Key Verses:  Proverbs 18:21, Psalm 141:3, Psalm 19:14

Overarching principle:

The goal of all speech in the body of Christ is spiritual maturity. Ephesians 4:15

Lesson #8 ~ Correction

The goal of my lesson was to caution people against correction.  We all do it.  We are all silently correcting the person that didn’t do things just right.  There are so many scriptures that speak to this issue, but there is a right way and a wrong way to offer correction.  If you see your brother in sin, and you offer correction the wrong way, guess who is in sin?  You are.  We have so much to say about how others need correction.  But are we willing to receive that correction as quickly as we dish it out?  It’s a fair question.  Try to go without correcting anyone either verbally or silently for 1 week.  See how far you get.

This first section I did a fill in the blank.  It shouldn’t be too difficult.  The passages give the words that need to be filled in.  Note:  Reconciliation and restoration are the goals for correction within the body of Christ.

I.  Correction ~ When should it happen?

            A.  Matthew 5:21-26.  When your brother has something against you.

            ______________________ is always the goal.

            B.  Matthew 18:15-20, Luke 17:3-4.  When your brother sins against you.

            ______________________ is always the goal.

                        1.  First step, one on one.

                        2.  Second step, 2 or 3 witnesses.

                        3.  Before the church with repentance and gaining your brother still the goal.

                        4.  Let them go.

            C.  Galatians 6:1-5.  When someone has fallen into sin.

             ______________________ is always the goal.

                        1.  Only the ________________ are qualified to give correction.

                        2.  In a spirit ___________________.

                        3.  Carefully _____________ yourself, otherwise you will be ____________.

                        4.  Doing it to ______ their ________.

                        5.  According to the law of __________ (_____ your neighbor).

                        6.  Not thinking you are _____________ when you are really _____________.

            D.  Proverbs 19:18, 29:17.  When raising children.

            _________ and ___________ are the goal.

II.  Wise People Love Instruction and Correction

            A.  Proverbs 9:7-10.  A mark of a wise man is love for those who correct him.

            B.  Proverbs 12:1.  Avoiding stupidity means submitting to correction.

            C.  Proverbs 19:20.  Becoming wise is a process that includes instruction.

                        1.  Listen to advice.

                        2.  Accept the instruction, the word has the idea of choosing.

                        3.  Gain wisdom.

            D.  Proverbs 19:25.  There are two different results that can occur when offering correction.

                        1.  Correcting a mocker (a fool) can be an example to others so they learn.

                        2.  Correcting a wise man will help him gain knowledge.

            E.  Proverbs 19:27.  Submitting to instruction is a lifelong process.

III.  The Rebuke

            A.  Proverbs 27:5-6.  The Rebuke is public and seen as an act of friendship.

            B.  Proverbs 28:23.  The Rebuke is contrasted with flattery.

            C.  I Timothy 5:20.  The Rebuke is for those who continue to sin, or those persisting in sin.

Note:  This is important because the rebuke is not for someone who messes up and repents.  This is reserved for people who persist in sin, have made it a habit, and refuse to repent.  Put your rebuke away until you learn the full matter, have considered your own spiritual walk, and know that this is an ongoing issue with your brother or sister.

            D.  II Timothy 4:2.  Preaching the word (in a pastoral sense) includes:

                        Greek word     KJV/ESV/NAS          underlying meanings

                        1.  Elegcho         reprove                   convict or find fault with

                        2.  Epitimao       rebuke          to award a penalty or tax with fault (to show honor)

                        3.  Parakaleo      exhort                  to call someone to your side

            E.  Titus 2:15.  The pastor/elder (Titus 1:5) has the authority to do this.

            F.  I Timothy 5:1, 19.  A rebuke against an elder has additional requirements.

IV.  Good Examples in Scripture

            A.  Abigail’s correction to David ~ I Samuel 25

Note:  I love this story because Abigail comes to confess to David that this is all her fault.  She essentially says, let the blame be on me.  Now please forgive me for my sin.  Huh?  I thought her husband was the jerk, not her.  No, she is willing to take the blame in order to avoid innocent deaths.  At this point it matters less whose fault it is and more that David see that he is acting foolishly.  It takes a wise person to assume the blame for someone else’s fault or sin.

            B.  The Corinthian now Forgiven

                        1.  Part 1 ~ The discipline – I Corinthians 5

                        2.  Part 2 ~ The repentance – II Corinthians 2:5-11

            C.  Paul stands against Peter ~ Galatians 2:1-14

V.  Bad Examples in Scripture

            A.  Saul ~ I Samuel 15

            B.  Asa ~ II Chronicles 16:1-12

            C.  The Sinful Nation of Israel ~ Jeremiah 44

Each of these examples, both the good and the bad, could take as long as you want.  This end section could be a series of lessons on each one.  I summarized them in order to encourage the people in my class to study on their own.  But depending on your style and whether or not this series of lessons is speaking to your audience, you could take these individual examples and really get into the meat of the passage.  The Corinthian rebuked and forgiven was a lesson that I taught when I taught through first and second Corinthians so most of the people in my class were already familiar with that. 

As always,

Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13

-The Orange Mailman

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