Target Point, Vol. 16 of 31
Today's Verse/Thought: You Will Receive A Correction!
However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it (manna) till morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them. Exodus 16:20
Healthy anger CORRECTS DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR. Do you have a child who is out of control? Some of the young parents I know, when they find their children behaving in a destructive or disobedient manner when out in public, do not threaten a spanking-they clearly state to the child that they will receive a correction! That can range from a spanking to a privilege withheld. The PURPOSE IS TO CORRECT the behavior. Though the parent may be angry with the child's behavior, the PROPER MANAGEMENT OF THAT ANGER LEADS TO PROPER CORRECTION of destructive behavior in that child.
Perhaps you find yourself behaving in a destructive manner toward yourself. Do you overindulge in alcohol? Are you addicted to pornography? Do you feed upon unseemly movies, music or literature? Maybe it's time to get angry with yourself, make a 180 before the Lord and let Him begin to "give you a correction" in these destructive areas of your life.
Correction of a person who we are responsible for, or correction of our own destructive behavior needs to take a three-step approach. Looking at Jesus as our example in Mark 11:11, He entered the temple and looked around at all things but since it was late, He left.
In Mark 11:15-16, just a few verses later, it says that the next day Jesus returned to the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. Jesus sized up the situation the day before. He saw that what was going on in the temple was destructive to "the way, the truth and the life." The moneychangers were extracting the life out of a place of worship. Jesus then withdrew and had time to cool down in order to respond properly. And finally, the Lord took proper action that was directive and strong toward the destructive behavior.
In correcting destructive behavior, whether your own, or that of another individual (where you have a say in their lives) first, SIZE UP THE SITUATION. Then WAIT BEFORE THE LORD as to the proper action. And finally, TAKE THE APPROPRIATE ACTION, not out of self-oriented uncontrollable rage, but out of a concern for that which causes the destruction.
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