Correction – 2 Timothy 3:16

Dr. Dan Hayden •

Getting on the right track is essential to ending up where you want to be. So if you’re on the wrong track, you need to make an adjustment and correct your mistake – or else you’ll end up where you don’t want to be.

All of us make mistakes, and all of us need to be corrected from time to time. For some people, that’s an easy thing; but for others, it’s a real challenge. Make no mistake about it, though, correction is essential and change is necessary.

In 2 Timothy 3:16 we read,
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

You see, the Word of God is profitable for reproof and correction. Now reproof is discovering what you did wrong; and correction means knowing how to get it right again. And the Bible is what helps you do both.

The word “correction” is a word that means “to straighten up.” It has the idea of reforming – of getting it right again – of making a course correction, from going the wrong way to going the right way.

I can remember my Mom saying to me, “Danny, you straighten up, now! No more teasing your sister. Be good!” We’ve all had that experience, right? Well, when you read the Word of God, it’s like hearing your Mom say that to you all over again. “Straighten up now. Quit doing what’s wrong and start doing what’s right!”

You see, the Bible not only reproves us, it also corrects us – and that’s important. God not only points out your sin, for the purpose of reproving you – He also shows you the way of righteousness in order to get you on the right path. The Bible isn’t all negative…don’t, don’t, don’t. It is also very positive and tells us the things that please God. The scriptures are profitable for correction.

Hey! Straighten up now! Get on the right track, and walk with Christ.