Read Proverbs 12:1-28
Let’s start out with a quick personal test. Be honest. Which of the following characterizes you? (Pick all that apply to you.)
Are you one who?
- Loves discipline?
- Hates reproof?
- Is right all of the time?
- Listens to advice?
- Accepts instruction?
- Does not listen to correction?
Those questions flow out of the teaching of Proverbs 12:1, 15, and 13:1. And Solomon describes you based on your answers to these questions. Review your answers and learn something about yourself.
- Answering “yes” to this question indicates that you are a one who loves knowledge!
- A “yes” answer here indicates that you are stupid!
- A “yes” response to this question implies that you are a fool!
- Those who answer “yes” are wise!
- “Yes” indicates you are wise!
- A “yes” here suggests you are a scoffer!
Clearly, God desires people who are able to listen to correction and take advice. When we stop doing that, we stagnate in our personal spiritual growth. We will not continue to grow. We become blind to our own deficiencies.
All of us must admit that this is not simple. None of us likes to be reminded of our weaknesses or our mistakes. It requires humility to hear what others have to say. It requires vulnerability to own the fact that we could have done something better than we did. It requires courage to take the necessary steps to right a wrong. It requires determination to see our innate and sometimes learned tendencies changed. But the wise person is willing, with the transforming power of the Holy Spirit of God, to take the necessary steps to make course corrections.
Be wise and accept correction!