Posted: Monday, March 27
Everyone will be corrected at one time or another. Nobody is perfect. Sometimes it is easier to receive correction and other times it is really hard. According to Proverbs 12:1, wisdom is not gained easily. But, a wise person loves discipline. In the Bible, discipline is the corrective training that leads you to maturity and responsibility. In other words, a wise person loves learning from his or her mistakes.
On the other hand, “it is stupid to hate correction.” The Hebrew word translated as “stupid,” means “brutish, like cattle.” Thus, the person that does not learn from his or her mistakes is behaving like cattle. I admit that more often than I care to admit I’ve behaved like cattle.
Why then is it so hard to learn from our mistakes? There are two possible answers to this question.
(1) Pride. We enjoy feeling we’re perfect and beyond reproach. Thus, we tend to respond in anger when we’re corrected and our pride is hurt.
(2) We’ve been hurt by destructive nitpicking in the past.
If pride is not letting you learn from your mistakes, allow me to encourage you to view correction as beneficial, not detrimental. You see, when you are corrected, you gain wisdom and knowledge. Don’t let your pride get in the way!
If you have been hurt by destructive nitpicking in the past, let me be the first to admit that people don’t always deliver the truth with kindness. However, even the harshest rebuke may contain a grain of truth. Ask the Lord to help you separate truth from fiction, constructive criticism from destructive nitpicking.