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Instruction about Instruction

Posted: Wednesday, April 19

 Pastor Tom Murray//Missions &amp; Christian Education

Pastor Tom Murray//Missions & Christian Education

Daily One Year Reading

JOSHUA 19:1-20:9
LUKE 19:28-48
PSALM 88:1-18
PROVERBS 13:12-14

Verse of the Day:

Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it,
    but whoever respects a command is rewarded.

Proverbs 13:13 (NIV)


 

Research repeatedly shows that employees want feedback.  People perform better if they sense their manager is engaged in their work.  One study found that employees even performed better when they received negative feedback compared to those who received little or no feedback.

An incredible aspect of the Bible is that wisdom written thousands of years ago is just as valuable today.

Proverbs 13:13 tells us that it’s wise to act on the feedback we receive and that ignoring advice will hurt us.

"Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded” (NIV).

Every time we receive advice or instruction, we have a choice.  We can act on the advice - or we can ignore it.  Receiving advice with a cheerful attitude, but not doing anything about it is just about the same thing as ignoring it all together.

If you receive advice today from someone who has your best interest in mind, how are you likely to react?  

The proverb is clear that one path is going to lead to a better outcome.

Are you in a position to give feedback?

Those of us in positions of leadership are wise to provide instruction to those who are in our sphere of influence, even though we do not have control over how that instruction will be received.  Chances are, those who look up to you are craving your engagement in their work.