Upon talking with a friend the other day, I wasn’t noticing the Divine being spoken about in a Biblically accurate way. She was telling me some things, and as I listened I knew she was off a bit. Should I have said something? I did. Gently. But that’s not easy or fun, and I was wondering in that instance, should I have just remained silent? It wasn’t that big of a deal, after all, but it was something that could alter or slow the godly healing path she was on. Then I was listening to a sermon this morning and I heard something that struck a chord in all of this. It was shared that a football coach once said, “Uncorrected errors multiply.” Hmmmm… Interesting.
It reminded me of raising our children. We have three sons, and for the most part, we were pretty strict with them. But there were times, many, to be exact, when we got tired. We got tired of saying the same things over and over. We got tired of correcting “errors” in their ways. We simply got tired of disciplining them, so we would start to let little things slip by. And I can remember those little things starting to add up until our boys were not behaving as we would have liked them to. We then knew it was time to make some corrections, to get tough again, and draw a firm line for them. It was sort of a wakeup call for our boys, and a time of taking back the role of parenting for us, as we have been called to do by our Father in Heaven. It didn’t take long until they knew what the rules were, once again, and our home became more functional, respectful, and enjoyable for all of us.
As believers, we are a family. With Christ as the Head, we are all connected as one body, with one Spirit. We are to hold each other accountable. We are to encourage one another. We are to pray with one another. We are to confess our sins to one another. If something we hear is not lining up with God’s Word, even if it’s just a little off, is it good, is it healthy, is it right, for us to let it slip by? What happens then, if errors start to multiply? Our firm foundation can develop cracks in it because we have not been following the perfect plumb line of Truth found in the Word of God. This is not to say we are to be harsh with one another when we notice an error. Quite the contrary—it says in Ephesians 4:2, Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. (NLT) My friend was not doing anything wrong, she was simply believing some untruth that the world will tell us, as opposed to the Truth of the Bible. Sometimes we are just uneducated on what the Word has to say about certain subjects. I had a friend correct me just yesterday about something that I had misunderstood about the Bible. We all need to keep learning and growing—that will never end in this life. And we are all responsible to be Bereans, searching the Scriptures day after day to see if what we are being taught is the Truth. (Acts 17:11)
Searching And Noticing the Divine requires walking faithfully with one another. We are to always be searching for and noticing how our lives line up with the Word of God. We are to love one another enough to not let uncorrected errors multiply. Just as we should want our home to function as best it can when raising children, we should also desire that the family of God brings all the glory and honor possible to our Father in Heaven.
My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke,
because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
Proverbs 3:11-12 (NIV)