I remember my mom when she would say as I was corrected for disobeying her, “This is going to hurt me more than it hurts you, but it is for your own good.” I didn’t believe her just as my children didn’t believe me when I said the same thing to them. This poem expresses the Father’s heart concerning reprimand and correction.
The Word Reprimand
Reprimand corrects and warns, to turn away from wrong.
If it is done in love it will not hurt as long.
To be reprimanded by God is much the same.
I warn to turn away from the path of shame.
When reprimanded you need to be aware,
It is because you have a God that cares.
When corrected, you will need to understand,
That it is administered by God’s loving hand.
When you have been asked not to do certain things,
If you disobey, you know it deep within your being.
I ask always in love, I correct the same.
Punishment may seem harsh but God’s love is proclaimed.
For the consequences would be even more disastrous for thee,
If you are not stopped you could be destroyed by the enemy.
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.