The desire to be right is strong within all of us. I don’t remember the number of times I have had to humble myself, apologize, and be open to correction because I wanted to be right. The truth is, we all need correction in our lives.
A seasoned leader was communicating to an emerging leader with some profound counsel regarding correction: God’s word always corrects for the good.
Whatever your view of scripture is, step back and think about this seasoned leader’s counsel. Everyone of us needs correction in our lives on any given matter at any given time. From God’s vantage point, correction is meant to serve a good purpose with a good outcome.
This seasoned leader shares some other powerful truths about the bible:
All scripture is inspired by God…: God is the one behind the bible. He is the one who worked through many people to develop it and bring it to life. He is the source of the inspiration. It is His thinking and Spirit that bring
life to every aspect of scripture.
…is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong….: Scripture is a compass. It draws out truth and reveals things that our wrong in our lives and in this world. Right and wrong is not reduced to a set of opinions, but rather, there is a foundation of truth that helps us understand what is right and wrong.
….It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right…: This is the kind of correction everyone of us needs. The ability to understand when we are wrong and the guidance to show us what is right.
…God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.: The Bible is all about giving us what is needed to do good to people every day in every way possible. This is an amazing statement of truth and vision.
God uses His word to increase our effectiveness for His good in this world.
Correction… who wants it? I do.
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his
people to do every good work.
(Paul, established leader, writes these words to Timothy, emerging leader, as recorded in the bible in II Timothy 3:16-17, NLT)