Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid. Prov 12:1
Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, But he who regards reproof will be honored. Prov 13:18
He who neglects discipline despises himself, But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding. Prov 15:32
Who loves to be told they’re wrong?
Years ago I was in a church where the pastor came up before the congregation and said, “I want to be a man who loves reproof. So I am asking each and every one of you to come to me and speak truth to me. Tell me when I’m wrong or in sin. I want to be a man of integrity and transparency.”
YIKES!! As a new wife and young-ish believer, this had a powerful impact on how I viewed reproof. In fact, it pushed me to the scriptures to do a study on reproof. And what I found was this:
putting yourself in a place to seek out reproof and correction is considered
wise and godly in scripture!
None of us really want to feel the embarrassment of being shown we are wrong – even worse to have our sin exposed. We want to think we are mature and spiritually together (and we especially want others to think we are too). BUT if we want to grow in our walk with the Lord, we NEED to have our flaws and sins brought to light so we can deal with them and walk in surrender to the Lord.
…if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7
So, do YOU seek out those who will speak truth to your life? Do you look for those who love you enough to be brutally (yet lovingly) honest with you? Or do you surround yourself with “yes women” – with those who will tickle your ears and speak what you want to hear?
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires… 2 Tim 4:3
Seek life: love reproof!
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