“It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.” -Psalms 119:71 NKJV

Do all you want, believe me, you cannot change someone that has vowed to never blame himself. Repentance begins from self-assessment. The Bible says if we would evaluate ourselves, we would not be condemned for destruction: “But if we evaluated and judged ourselves honestly [recognizing our shortcomings and correcting our behavior], we would not be judged.” -1 Corinthians 11:31 AMP.

How many of us today can endure and enjoy the “rod” and the “staff” of The Shepherd? Do God’s rebukes still comfort us? Are we frank with ourselves as the Psalmist, who told the LORD: “it is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.” -Psalms 119:71 NKJV? That’s like saying; “thank you for punishing me, now I know better”. Before now, he had earlier said in that same chapter: “before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep and honor Your word [with loving obedience].” -Psalms 119:67 AMP.

Dear friend, have you ever blamed yourself, and thought of possible corrections, after realizing that you were responsible for what you’re suffering? How do you act or react when you’re rebuked or corrected by your spiritual leader? Do you normally embrace punishments and rebukes; or you arrogantly revolt? Write this statement in a place you will never forget: ANYONE WHO DOESN’T ACCEPT CORRECTIONS (FROM GOD OR MAN) WILL REPEAT THE MISTAKES; AS LONG AS HE OR SHE LIVES! Only humble and wise people accept and embrace corrections. Blessed are you, if you have people who rebuke and correct you! Those who rebuke you are sincere lovers of your precious soul! But, liars will tell you; “do whatever you like, it is your life! …You owe no one an explanation for your actions!” Today, please think deeply about your dear life, identify what you are doing wrongly, make instant necessary amendments. Act like that humble Psalmist, if you want to continue walking with God.

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