There is power in accepting and receiving correction. I was talking with a pastor and he shared about his grandson who he was teaching to play golf. He said every time he was corrected or instructed he would get offended. I thought about several scriptures: Proverbs 15:5 – “A fool despises his father’s instruction, but he who receives correction is prudent,” Proverbs 15:10 – “He who hates correction will die” and Proverbs 12:1 – “He who hates correction is stupid.”
We have all been acquainted with people who are reluctant to receive instruction or correction. They would rather try something and be wrong than to ask for advice. When the advice is offered, they turn it down. Why? Several reasons come to my mind. Pride, insecurities, conceit, ego among others.
If your favorite letter is “I”, the late Ed Cole said, “The core of sin is “I” no matter how you spell it.” Pride and conceit make a fool out of us. “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Proverbs 26:12) Henry Courtney said, “The bigger a man’s head gets, the easier it is to fill his shoes.”
We all have some insecurities in us. However, deep-seated insecurity can keep us from receiving correction. The nation of Israel saw with their own eyes the great miracles of our Lord. Their insecurity would not allow them to change. This type of insecurity, if allowed to go unchecked, will end with a stubborn and unteachable spirit.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (II Timothy 3:16) The Scriptures are given to us to correct us. We need to constantly read them, listen to the words spoken, for they will teach us and given heed to them.
The hard heart will not receive instruction.
A secure person has a very soft heart and is eager to be helped. I want to encourage you to look at your heart. What kind of heart do you have? Teachable or unteachable? If you deflect things that people bring up to help you see a problematic area back on them, or excuse yourself, shift blame, justify, etc., you have an unteachable heart. God wants to give us a teachable heart as we are told in Ezekiel.
“I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands.”
BH/ Adapted/Bob White