While talking to Father and sipping on my coffee this morning had a download of understanding that said…
“When I discipline and correct my children so their path be straightened, a lot of the time they don’t understand that I’m doing it because I love them. Therefore they tend to use a “but” at the same time they “admit” they have done something wrong.
Then what’s the use to repent if we are to use a “but” in our attitudes and our words. It’s definitely counterproductive.
Let’s put it this way…
—Peter, did you know that the way you spoke to Mary was very wrong? You hurt her feelings! Then Peter said, —Yes I know I shouldn’t have talk to her like that, it was very rude on my part. But anyways, she shouldn’t have done what she did.
I don’t know if you can tell Peter’s answer. There are two thought patterns here, one seems like he is actually repenting and the other denotes the total opposite, implying pride and haughtiness. If he would’ve stopped at the first comment, it would have been another story.
We can tell where is the heart of an individual that is being admonished, as soon as he puts this kind of but in a conversation. That is why the Lord corrects us so we know where we are in the maturity scale, therefore, grow more and more in Christ like character.
When we “but” in the middle of a correction, either with our attitudes, words or heart intentions, it is an evident sign that there is still a lot of flesh that needs to die.
“For the Father’s discipline comes only from his passionate love and pleasure for you. Even when it seems like his correction is harsh, it’s still better than any father on earth gives to his child.”
Proverbs 3:12 TPT
“Lord Yah, there’s such a blessing that comes when you teach us your word and your ways. Even the sting of your correction can be sweet.”
Psalms 94:12 TPT
“He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly.”
Proverbs 13:24 NKJV
“Listen well to wise counsel and be willing to learn from correction so that by the end of your life you’ll be known for your wisdom.”
Proverbs 19:20 TPT
Yes, it is very noticeable when we have this but attitude. Let’s practice wisdom shall we.
Translation from Jireh Gerch’s blog.