“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)
When it comes to taking correction, how do you respond? Do you feel beaten down? Do you get defensive? Do you fall into self-pity?
Let’s face it: Accepting correction can be hard. It is easy to fall into thinking that we know best and that someone else does not have the right to tell us to change. Oftentimes, we interpret correction for judgment.
So, what is the best way to handle correction? It is important to realize that when we are not open to correction and instruction, this can hinder our Christian walk. If we do not acknowledge that we make mistakes and sometimes need to change our ways, this can have negative consequences. Proverbs 15:32 says, “Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.”
In addition, if we do not obey the authority figures in our life, such as our parents, it can be hard to obey God. In fact, God places authority figures in our lives to guide us and mentor us. If we surround ourselves with individuals who are walking with Christ, then we can know they have good intentions when they speak into our lives.
Hebrews 12:11 says, “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”
So, how can we apply this to our daily lives? We can start by having an attitude that is open to instruction and correction in school. Without it, we could never make improvements and grow in our knowledge. As experts in their field, it is important for us to respect and take instruction from our professors. Ultimately, this will allow us to learn and grow as individuals.
As we start this new school year, I encourage you to ask yourself if you are open to instruction. Are you willing to admit when you are wrong, and are you willing to listen to others and be open to counsel? As a college student, there is no better time than now to open your heart and mind to instruction!
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