Hos.6 (Old Testament)
Hosea 6: Receptiveness to God's correction.
Memory verse: Hosea 6:1-2 Come, and let us return to the Lord; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight.
As a veritable child of God, God's correction shouldn’t be what we get infuriated at. We should know that God chastises whosoever He cherishes and loves whenever they drift an inch from Him [ Hebrew 12:6]. Here, Prophet Hosea prayed with a genuinely repented heart, and he was also directing God's people who have derailed – the Israelites – back to Him.
Our receptiveness to God's the correction makes us distinct from the children of disobedience – who have no regard for God's will. When we do something which doesn’t sync with God's will and God tries to correct us so that we can bridle ourselves, how do we normally respond to His correction? How do we take action when He corrects us? Do we embrace His correction or disregard it? These are some of the pertinent questions we ought to ask ourselves if truly we want to be receptive to God's correction.
Our genuineness of heart is very crucial when receiving God's correction. Prophet Hosea’s words from these two verses make us know and find it relatable how his state of heart was – very remorseful and inclined towards repentance. We to also must learn to accept God's chastisement while being genuinely remorseful – not superficially— of our wrongdoing.