Receiving Correction & Moving Forward
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager (http://www.wordsoftruth.net)
A. Some people have a problem with receiving correction (Proverbs 9:8, Proverbs 12:1, and Proverbs 15:10).
1. Wise ones, who want understanding, receive correction (Proverbs 15:31-32).
2. Without correction, truth perishes (Jeremiah 7:28).
B. We have to be humble enough to admit it if weŐre wrong (II Chronicles 7:14).
1. Pride keeps some from being corrected (Hosea 7:10).
2. Rather than defending our errors, allow real correction (Acts 8:18-24).
II. Body: Be afflicted, mourn, weep, and then be lifted up (James 4:1-10).
A. Dealing with the correction period (II Samuel 12:15-17).
1. David has had his sin exposed (Proverbs 10:17)?
2. We need to talk God in these moments (Joel 1:10-14).
3. It is better to have someone correct us than to hear people Ňmake us feel betterÓ about our sins (Proverbs 27:5-6, Proverbs 28:23, Ecclesiastes 7:5, and Matthew 18:15-17).
4. Though this text with David doesnŐt deal with this, when there is repentance, there will even be the point where you hate the sinful you (Ezra 9:6, Job 42:1-6, Ezekiel 20:43, and I Corinthians 15:8-9).
B. Knowing when itŐs time to get up (II Samuel 12:18-20).
1. ThereŐs a time after being corrected when youŐve mourned and then have to get up and move on (Hebrews 12:5-13).
2. DavidŐs reaction reminds you of JobŐs response [prior to JobŐs errors] (Job 1:13-22).
C. Accepting the consequences for our actions (II Samuel 12:21-23).
1. ThereŐs no reason for us to complain about the punishment for our sins (Lamentations 3:39-41), therefore we just have to accept it (Micah 7:9).
2. David realized he will be with his son again, but not in this world (Ecclesiastes 3:20; cf. Luke 23:43).
3. While what David is facing is because of his sins, we should never fall into the false conclusion that everything we face is due to something we did wrong (Ecclesiastes 9:11).
III. Conclusion: Getting on with life (II Samuel 18:24-25) with a renewed dedication to do what is right (Ezekiel 18:21; cf. Acts 9:4; Acts 9:18-20, and Philippians 3:13-14).
© 2011 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager