It’s unusual for us human beings to appreciate being corrected or when someone points out where we need to improve ourselves. But God says that His correction is a sign of His love for us. What a beautiful idea that is!
Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. (Deut 8:5 NIV)
How happy is the man whom God corrects! Therefore do not despise the discipline of the Almighty . . . (Job 5:17 MEV)
My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord or loathe His rebuke, 12 for whom the Lord loves He disciplines, just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights. (Pro 3:11-12 NASB)
Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him. (Pro 13:24 ESV)
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. (Rev 3:19 NKJV)
As these Scripture passages attest, correction from the Lord—as from a loving parent—is an affirmation of His love and care for us.
In the natural realm, parents train and discipline their children in order to raise up polite, likeable, and confident human beings who will be loved and appreciated wherever they go. We do this with our children because we love them, and want to see them grow into happy, well-adjusted adults who are an asset to their communities, churches, and families.
The Lord disciplines us for our own good. He is performing His work in us to transform us into the image of His own Son. (2 Cor 3:18; Eph 4:22-24) Praise God!