What Does Proverbs 3:12 Mean?

because the LORD corrects the person he loves, just as a father corrects the son he delights in.

Proverbs 3:12(ISV)

Verse Thoughts

Every good parent corrects and trains their children, because they love them and want the very best for them – they long that they are good and wise - and discipline and correction is a necessary part of growing into maturity. Sometimes we may have heard our own parents say, ‘this hurts me more than it hurts you’ – but we should never forget that all God’s correction and chastisement, flows from His heart of love.

Correction, chastisement and training is something that we should embrace. We should recognise and respond to any correction from the Lord because we are His children and He is our Father.

These wise words in this verse come from the pen of king Solomon to his own son, and the instructions he is passing on should strike at the heart of all believers – for the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and it is the wise man that does not reject or despise the reproof that come to us from the Lord, but in humility of heart bows before God’s chastening rod and learn the lessons that He would teach us through His correction.

Let us not reject the LORD's discipline, or be upset when he corrects us, but remember that the LORD corrects and trains those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.

My Prayer

Loving Father, thank you for Your correction – for I know that Your discipline is for my good and for Your eternal glory. Enable me to learn all the lessons that You would teach me, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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