“Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty:”
The world is in search of happiness as if happiness were a commodity that can be purchased. However, the Scriptures make it clear that happiness is not a commodity, but it is the result of following scriptural advice. You will never find happiness, but you will discover happiness when you follow the guidelines of the Scriptures.
The verse above reveals that happiness is a result and not a commodity. The above verse says, “Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth…” This is strange for God to say that correction brings happiness because correction is never in the mind of one who tries to find happiness. The verse above and the verses that follow show why happiness is a result of correction. Let me share with you several reasons why correction makes one happy.
First, happiness comes from clearly drawn lines. The reason correction must be administered is because someone crossed the line. The happiest home and organization is where clear lines are drawn as to what is expected and what is not acceptable. These lines drawn are the rules by which you expect someone to live. When people know what is expected, they will find the happiness they are looking for as long as they live within those lines.
Second, happiness is a result of correction. When someone crosses the line, there must be correction if you want the atmosphere of the home or organization to stay happy. Nothing creates an unhappy atmosphere like double standards. Unhappiness and a disgruntled spirit is a result of people seeing others getting away with something for which they got punished. You must never allow double standards. There must be one standard by which everyone is expected to follow, and whenever that standard is crossed, correction must be administered to keep the atmosphere right.
Third, correction should hurt. Verse 18 says, “For he maketh sore…” True correction always has consequences that take away a freedom for a short period. Hurting doesn’t always mean pain, but hurting can mean losing the privileges of something. Though I am for spanking a child correctly when they do wrong, spanking is not the only way correction can be given. Whether it is a child who does wrong or a person in an organization who crossed the line, correction will take away freedoms they’ve enjoyed long enough for them to understand that wrong actions will hurt and have consequences, and wrong actions will not be tolerated.
Fourth, proper correction always binds up the hurt. Verse 18 continues to say, “…and bindeth up…” In other words, proper correction teaches why wrong actions are wrong. Happiness will result when a person learns why their actions caused correction. Teaching someone why they had to be punished will enable them to learn what not to do the next time, which always results in a happy individual.
The whole reason happiness is a result of correction is because a person becomes a better individual through the correction. Verse 19 says, “He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.” Seven is the number of perfection or maturity. When correction is administered correctly, a person will mature into a better person which results in their happiness.