Proverbs 12:1 says, "Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge,
But he who hates correction is stupid."
All week the Holy Spirit has been speaking to me about the fact that more and more our culture and churches want to be flattered and encouraged while we often need correction and reproof. The Bible says that if we do not correct our children we do not love them (Proverbs 13:24), likewise, if we really love God and people we will sometimes need to correct them also. It is not my job to correct everyone but it is my job to correct those within my circle as God directs. My family, the church I pastor, sometimes friends, we have to rebuke sometimes. God save us from itching ears that only want to be encouraged and flattered which will result in us becoming more narcissistic. May God help us to be thankful that He is a loving Father that corrects His children when we need it. Why is it more loving to correct someone then to flatter them? Because if we have to correct someone in our circle, it results in pain/inconvenience for us, which is essentially hurting for that other person. In other words, when we have to correct our children or people we love that we are responsible for, it is an expression of real love to do it in spite of personal inconvenience. It is just a kind of sacrifice for that other person.