According to Merriam-Webster.com correcting is, “to alter or adjust so as to bring some standard or required condition.” In layman’s terms, correcting is the act of helping someone get into their rightful place.
It’s almost like taking a class in high school or college. You take quizzes and complete exercises so when the tests come you are able to pass. If the teacher never points out the questions that you got wrong on the quiz or you are never notified of the exercises that you handled incorrectly then you won’t be ready for the tests that are required to pass the class.
Life is the same way.
Things such as work disagreements, church encounters, and home arguments are all the quizzes of life. You need to pass these small things so when the harder tests of life come forth you are able to make it through.
Now, you may be wondering what this has to do with submission. It is very simple. How are you, as a person, supposed to know if you passed a quiz if there is no one there to grade it? Some of you may say, “I can do that myself!,” however I don’t know if that would be the wisest decision. As people, we tend to either be our biggest critic or our biggest fan. Either way, the test review may not be accurate.
That’s why having someone that you are accountable to is a great idea. It allows you to receive mentorship, aid, and guidance. It allows you to have someone you can be extremely vulnerable with who won’t judge you but help you. It leads you to get things in order.
Galatians 6:1-2 states, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (ESV)
God’s desire is for us, as brothers and sisters in Christ, to restore one another in honesty, not judgment. For that to happen submission must take place so that correction can be used for God’s will and glory.
So, let us all take this blog and keep it in our minds for those times that rebellion or pride may try to rise up during correction. If it is truly being done for Christ than it will be done out of love, not hate. That means it will be in God’s plan and will and that’s where everything in our lives should be.