"Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head"
Correct is sometimes hard but always necessary when you go wrong. How you react to it proves you to be with wise or foolish. Young people are often opposed to correction; they tend to withdraw from a faithful parent, teacher, pastor or even a friend who points out their misbehaviour. They seek affirmation when they deserve condemnation. That is not a wise thing to do, though it is the more convenient; you must be wise like king David whose submission to prophet Nathan's severe rebuke of his sin saved him from hell.
Earthly discipline is far better than hell damnation.
Earthly rebuke is tough on the flesh but not any way near the misery of eternal suffering. Therefore, a friend, teacher or parent who cannot confront you when you fall short of acceptable behavior is actually your enemy. Correction is like surgical operation, painful and bloody at first but permanently helpful at last. Many patients die in hospitals because they cannot withstand the pain of surgery. Being smitten is no fun, but being damned is not either.
CHALLENGE: Why is your best friend your best friend?
PRAYER: Give me, dear Lord, a right attitude to correction.
QUOTE: Earthly discipline is far better than hell damnation