Proverbs 1:25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
People generally don’t like taking corrections. It makes them admit that they have done something wrong which is a stance they don’t like to take because it humbles them. This has been a struggle of mine for years. I normally get very defensive when I am being corrected. However, for us to move forward in life and to become better people, we have to take corrections. It is one of the ways we get to learn and grow. I have found out that when people refuse to learn, it’s either because they are comfortable in the state that they are in or they have pride.
A man who has been corrected and refuses to take correction will not admit that he was wrong and cannot learn from his mistake. You may wonder what pride has got to do with this. But, when a man refuses to learn, he thinks he knows it all and therefore cannot learn from others. He also wouldn’t take corrections from others because he believes he can never be wrong and that is an indication of pride. Worst of all is when the person correcting him is someone he thinks he’s better than in one way or the other. He ultimately thinks in his heart what does this person have to teach me?
In some instances, this kind of person might never recognize that they have this problem. So when you try to correct them or show them a better way to do things, they become adamant. When you tell them they are doing things the wrong way, they just never listen, they defend themselves and might even get angry at you for trying to help.
Correction is not the same as criticism. We often perceive it as such and as a result end up ignoring correction. Correction is wisdom. Ultimately it points you to how to become better. Criticism, on the other hand, only identifies your faults. Pay attention to correction, it could BE God using someone in your environment to point you to a better way.
King Baasha, who was the King of Israel came up against King Asa the King of Judah, and rather than seeking the Lord to fight on his behalf, he took out all of the gold and silver out of the temple and gave it to King Benhadad to fight against Israel. Because he relied on the King of Syria and not on the Lord, the Lord sent the prophet Hanani to correct him. Rather than humbly accepting rebuke, Asa put the prophet in prison. His failure to take correction opened him up to repeating the same mistake. Learn from corrections.
Life Application: Journal corrections given and use it as a foundation to create a new habit.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I struggle with being corrected. I often get defensive when someone corrects me and I know it is pride in me. Allow me to accept constructive criticism and learn the lessons I need to in order to make necessary changes. In Jesus name, amen.