The first step in application is to find out what the Word of God says on any particular subject through accurate observation and correct interpretation of the text.
Once you understand what the Word of God teaches, you are then obligated before God to accept that truth and to live by it.
Reproof exposes areas in your thinking and behavior that do not align with God’s Word. Reproof is finding out where you have thought wrongly or have not been doing what God says is right. The application of reproof is to accept it and agree with God, acknowledging where you are wrong in thought or in behavior.
Correction is the next step in application, and often the most difficult. Many times correction comes by simply confessing and forsaking what is wrong. Other times, God gives very definite steps to take.
Precept Ministries International was founded by internationally-known Bible teacher Kay Arthur, along with her husband, Jack, with the vision to establish people in God’s Word. Be sure to visit the Precept Ministries International Web site to go deeper into inductive Bible study.