How Well do you receive correction?

Posted by Brian Alarid, With 4 Comments, Category: Spiritual Growth, Tags: , , , , ,

The Book of Proverbs repeatedly stresses the importance of accepting correction and the dangers of rejecting it. It is impossible to become a wise and godly Christ-follower without submitting to discipline. 

Below is a collection of my thoughts from the Book of Proverbs about discipline and correction. Every parent, leader, and Christ-follower will benefit from God’s wisdom.

Proverbs 3:11-12 says, “My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” (NIV)

Leaders & Parents: DISCIPLINE without LOVE produces REBELS. Love without Discipline produces SPOILED BRATS. Equal parts LOVE plus DISCIPLINE produces REAL DISCIPLES. (Hebrews 12:6,8)

Proverbs 9:7-9 says, “Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult; whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse. Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.” (NIV)

How you respond to CORRECTION determines whether you are a MOCKER or a WISE PERSON. Accept correction with grace and humility.

Proverbs 12:1 says, “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.” (NIV)

Proverbs 12:1 should be enough to make you rethink your contempt for correction: "He who hates correction is stupid." Don't be stupid! 

Proverbs 29:1 says, “A man who remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed--without remedy.” (NIV)

If you continue to stubbornly reject correction, it will lead to your certain demise and destruction. There is no remedy for people who don’t accept correction.

Proverbs 29:15 says, “Wise discipline imparts wisdom; spoiled adolescents embarrass their parents.” (MSG)

Proverbs 29:21 says, “A servant who is pampered from childhood will later become a rebel.” (NLT)

Pampering produces spoiled brats. Correction produces wise, well-behaved children.

Proverbs 29:17 says, “Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.” (NIV)

Disciplining those under your leadership will bring you peace and joy.

Proverbs 1:8-9 says, “My child, listen when your father corrects you. Don't neglect your mother's instruction. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and be a chain of honor around your neck.” (NLT)

The reward for accepting correction is grace and honor.

Proverbs 22:15 says, “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.” (NASB)

All of us have foolishness bound up inside our hearts. The only to remove it from our hearts is to allow someone to discipline us. If we never submit to correction, we will become more and more foolish with him. However, the converse is true as well—the more you submit to correction from your leaders, the faster you will escape the clutches of foolishness and grow in wisdom.

Proverbs 15:5 says, "Only a fool despises a parent's discipline;  whoever learns from CORRECTION is wise."

Do you accept and learn from CORRECTION? Or do you despise and reject correction? Your answer determines whether you are WISE or a FOOL.

Proverbs 15:12 says, “Mockers hate to be corrected, so they stay away from the wise.”

Do you hate being corrected? Do you avoid those who do correct you? Do you surround yourself with ‘yes’ people who won't confront you but will allow you to do whatever you want?

Who have you given permission to confront and correct you? What is the truth you so desperately need to hear? e corrected, so they stay away from the wise."

Proverbs 23:13-14 says, “Don't fail to correct your children. They won't die if you spank them. Physical discipline may well save them from death.” (NLT)

Discipline is a sign of God’s love. Parents who really love their children take the time to correct them and discipline. That’s real love.

The worst thing parents can do is not correct and discipline their children. You are destroying them when you fail to correct them and saving their lives when you discipline them. As parents, we need to learn how to discipline our children in a godly way without losing our temper.

This is also true in leadership. As a leader, it is your job to shape those under your leadership. The only way to help them fully develop their gifts and, more important, the nature of Christ, is to correct them.

Proverbs 22:15 says, “Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him.” (NASB)

All of us have foolishness bound up inside our hearts. The only to remove it from our hearts is to allow someone to discipline us. If we never submit to correction, we will become more and more foolish with him. However, the converse is true as well—the more you submit to correction from your leaders, the faster you will escape the clutches of foolishness and grow in wisdom.

Praying that today we all have the courage to discipline those under our leadership and to submit to correction from those over us.

Celebrating life,

Brian

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Brian Alarid
Brian Alarid is the Lead Pastor of Passion Church and President of Passion Leadership College. He has a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, and a Bachelor's degree in Theology. Brian has been married to Mercy for 16years and they reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico with their 3 children: Chloe, Colin, and Lauren.
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  1. Date: December 5, 2010
    Author: Anonymous

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  2. Date: December 24, 2010
    Author: Anonymous

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