Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish (Proverbs 12:1).
Today’s Morsel: How do you handle corrective criticism? Do you become angry when someone tells you what you are doing is wrong and that you need to make adjustments, or do you accept it and drive on? Solomon said that he that hates criticism or being reprimanded is violent. He said that anger resteth in the bosom of fools (Ecclesiastes 7:9). Even the religious leaders in Jesus day hated that Jesus was criticizing them for their hypocrisy, and they went about to kill Him, and they succeeded. When people are not willing to accept correction, they are filled with pride, conceit, and arrogance; And Solomon said that this sets them up for an immediate fall (Proverbs 16:18). If someone is willing to call you on something that you’ve done that they see isn’t right, before you get angry, maybe you should check and see if what they are saying to you is true. As the apostle Paul admonishes us, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). Solomon also tells us, “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1). So let me encourage you, don’t let your good be evil spoken of, but listen when someone offers you corrective advice. As the transportation safety board says, “The Life you save, may be your very own.” So buckle up!
Sing: Have Thine own way Lord, have Thine own way! Thou art the Potter, I am the clay: Mold me and make me, after Thy will, while I am waiting, yielded and still.