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Proverbs

Introduction

– Correction is an everyday part of our lives.

– Even though we may have a hard time receiving correction, it is a good indicator of our level of maturity.

When I am corrected, how offended do I get?

If we are able to handle correction wisely, it will guard us against being foolish. 

  1. Learning comes from a love for discipline

“To learn, you must love discipline.

It is stupid to hate correction”

Proverbs 12:1

– “discipline” = instruction

– You can tell how wise someone is, by how willing they are to respond to correction.  (Proverbs 9:7-9)

– in the book of Proverbs a mocker is the cousin of a fool.

– The more you know about something, the less likely you are going to receive correction.

2. In order to do correction well, we need to be in relationship.

– Put connection before correction

How to do correction wisely (both giving and receiving)

– Don’t avoid it.

– Correction can be really painful especially if we have a deep need to be right.

RECEIVING CORRECTION WELL

  1. It is better to receive than to give.

– Proverbs 10:17, 13:18,  15:31

2. Pay attention to your defensiveness.

– Humility plays a huge role in receiving correction

– Don’t deflect (Well, what about YOU?)

– Be honest; Sometimes we lie to cover over the pain and difficulty and the struggle we have with hearing correction.

3.Listen to God’s correction

– God will often speak to us through his people

– You always know a word of correction is from God because it always points

you back to God.

4.Correction is a gift

“If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.”

– Proverbs 15:32

–  The gift that correction brings us is wisdom; not just for us but for those around you.

GIVING CORRECTION WELL

  1. Ask questions, then listen
  2. Be gracious but tell the truth (Proverbs 15:1)
  3. Correction should be followed by suggestio

– Point out what is wrong, but point to something better.  (Jesus)

My response:

– Where is the invitation for me to grow in using correction wisely?

– What would it look like for you to lovingly embrace correction from someone else?

– What would look like to offer up words that reflect Jesus in a way that points people to him?