Learning to Love Correction

by Josh Harris

Reasons why we reject correction and instruction:
1. Imperfections of the people pointing out your mistakes.
2. Their observations about ourselves are not 100% accurate.
3. Their reproving process was not handled right (i.e., wrong tone, wrong timing, bad attitude).

“The heart of a fool can always find an excuse for ignoring correction.”
The wise person will grab a hold onto that one grain of truth midst all errors.

How do you response humbly?
Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”
Ultimately, it’s about our knowledge and view of God.  The whole point of proverbs is fearing Him, and fearing the Lord means believing His will, His words, His purposes are what is most important.  It’s coming before the Lord and saying, “You are right, and I am not.”  We need to see the connection between this posture before God and receiving other people’s correction.  Do you realize that the cross is reproof for us?  It tells us that we are sinful and cannot ever make ourselves right before God.  Yet, in that correction is the greatest news of redemption.  Let other people’s correction help draw us closer to the cross.  Receiving correction and reproof gives life and greater fellowship with God.

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~ by Jungpa on October 29, 2010.

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