The Sting of Correction

The Sting of Correction - Proverbs 15:3. It might sting a bit but it helps us grow
It's hard to be criticized or corrected.

It stings a bit.

I used to edit submissions for a devotional blog, and I saw how corrections brought out the best or worst in writers. Good writers accepted edits and learned from them. Bad writers insisted their work was good enough.

People respond similarly to correction about their attitudes and actions. Maturing Christians accept it and grow. Carnal Christians insist they're good enough.

Two reasons correction is good for our souls:
1. It gives us an opportunity to develop humility - something very important to God (James 4:6).
2. It's invaluable in identifying sins we might otherwise overlook (Matthew 18:15Galatians 6:1; 2 Timothy 2:25)

It stings a bit, but it's a good sting (Proverbs 27:5-6). 

Now let me suggest a way to prepare your heart for correction. Check out my post Accepting Correction - 10 Scriptures and read through it regularly or join me in memorizing several of the passages. Hiding God's Word in our hearts is invaluable (Psalm 119:11)!
Check out this article for more help:
How to Humbly Give and Receive Correction – using the excellent example of Moses, a man who heard directly from God, receiving correction from his father-in-law

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