My son recently sat with me and wanted to talk about some things I had said in the past that stuck with him. He started out by recalling me saying, "you will not know how to fully receive or give love until you first love yourself.” I thought ok good. He continued by remembering a time where he had expressed some anxiety about something to which I responded,” Calvary you just need to get over it”. My heart sank in that moment.
I asked Calvary if in the moment when I said those words, if it helped him or made him feel ashamed for coming to me in the first place. He said it left him questioning how does one simply get over it? He was coming to me on this day to ask how to get over it.
Calvary went on to have a wonderful conversation on the condition of his heart and the identity he is longing for. God's grace is overwhelming. I would encourage you to be available for correction when the heart needs it. Being that safe place could be the difference of your children or spouse coming to you or an individual who might not be the best sounding board. We as parents or helpmates can always point them back to the heart of God.
Colossians 2:2-3 “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (NIV).
In the comments below, tell me how God has called correction to your heart. What was your response?