Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Turn Around

The people I love, I call to account--prod and correct and guide so that they'll live 
at their best. Up on your feet, then! About face! Run after God! Revelation 3:19

We tend to associate correction with negative thoughts and believe that anyone who would call us to account isn't in our favor. It's also a popular misconception about God and reinforces the negative image that has been created in the minds of so many about His true nature. Part of His loving nature includes correcting us so that we can become the best possible version of us. It's what a genuine, loving parent would do for their children.

There is a sense of urgency in this verse as well. Not only is God encouraging us to pay attention to His correction, He wants us to do it quickly. The longer we put off repentance, the more damage we do to ourselves and those we care about. Running after God reveals the value we put on our intimacy with Him and our inner desire to live life His way.

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