(Proverbs 15:10 KJV) Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
This verse deals with some issues that most people want to avoid. They are not “politically correct” in our culture today.
First we have the idea of what the current version of the NASB calls “grievous discipline.” This is expressed a bit differently in the old translations. The words are there but are put in a different order that conveys a slightly different emphasis, which is still rejected by today’s post-modern thinkers. The first offense is the idea of “correction" (discipline NASB) (4148). Many people believe that discipline is a part of primitive, barbaric cultures that are fixated on violence and force. We should be more enlightened, they say. If you believe that you are rejecting the clear teaching of scripture.
This discipline is to be “stern” (7451a) or “grievous.” This is put together two different ways. One is that the discipline is strong. The other is that our response is strong. Either way it is unpleasant. We do not want to admit that sometimes unpleasant words and actions are necessary.
This discipline is for one who “forsakes” (5800) the way of God. Some people abandon the faith. They walk away, return to rebellion, go apostate. It happens. Bringing them back is hard. Sometimes God expects us to act. Sometimes God tries to reach them through extreme measures in their lives. Rough times in life can be attempts by God to bring us back.
So? Are you going through hard times? Often this is just life. God’s comfort and grace can see us through. If you find no comfort or you can’t seem to find the face of God, then consider the possibility that there is some repentance needed. Only you can discern what is going on. If it is a growing time, lean hard and gain maturity. If it is stern discipline, repent. God will meet you either way.