For Correcting

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God Breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training for righteousness, so the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

The Bible is the Word of God and is useful for correcting.  The Greek word for “correcting” (πανόρθωσις epanórthōsis ) is only used in 2 Timothy 3:16.  “Correcting” here means “to set right again, to correct faults, to reform manners, literally how to get right.  (The Complete Word Study of the New Testament; Analytical Lexicon of the Greek New Testament; Theological Dictionary of the New Testament; The Greek English Dictionary; Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament Based on Semantic Domains; The Bible Exposition Commentary)

Visionaries who succeed in their dreams strive for correction.  They have learned through life’s experiences to seek out trainers who are thoroughly equipped for the task at hand.  The NFL is full of successful players who out of college sought out trainers/teachers/coaches who can define their weaknesses, correct their faults and reform their game.   College football programs send their most gifted players to training camps that begin with affirmations and give corrections before camps close.

In the horse business it is not uncommon to find horse lovers, who spend hours at club meetings, trial rides and other horse events.  These wannabes talk about their hopes, dreams and adventures.  However, horsemen seek out proven trainers who can and will correct wrong ideas and practices to succeed in the business.  True horsemen are very concerned with the horse’s physical and mental welfare, thus they sacrifice time, pride and expenses to be corrected.  These sacrifices benefit the horses, riders and owners.

True Bible teachers know the truths of Scripture – mankind’s “heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.  Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)   They are fully aware of Proverb 14:12, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” 

In modern times, America is a full example of what happens to a nation that refuses to be corrected by the Word of God, for she is suffering many of the curses found in Deuteronomy 28:15-59.  Marriages and families throughout America are splintering apart for not seeking to be set right by the whole counsel of God’s Word.  The Bible contains many written corrections to the people of God about their irregularities.

1 Corinthians 12-14 gives correction to the Corinthian Church because a self-indulgent spirit was creating chaos. (Matthew Henry Commentary; The Preachers Outline & Sermon Bible; The Bible Knowledge Commentary; A Commentary, Critical and Explanatory on Old and New Testament Commentary) The opening verse in chapter 12 says, Now, about spiritual gifts… I do not want you to ignorant.”  Para-church ministries have been raised up by the Lord to restore that which is being broken in the institutionalized church.

True born again Christians seek correction in God’s Word so they can have their faults fixed and get right before God and Christ, so through the enabling of the Holy Spirit they can be effective during the journey of life.  Do you seek to read and study the Bible so you can be corrected?