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Reflection on correction.

Correction and discipline can carry negative connotation, but both are essential to a spiritual and purposeful life. The many duties, relationships and trials of life often require us to make difficult choices and to assess our values in order to do so. There is a smoothness and a peace that comes when we believe we are doing the right thing in life. Sometimes we are even applauded and encouraged by others and this validates the original feeling and belief we are acting wisely. Sometimes, however, we are called to make unpopular choices or to stand alone, even if we are acting rightly.

Today there is a barrage of messages at our disposal from self~help books, the media and culture. Even in the blogosphere and in social media we find directive memes, influential quotes and well~meaning bloggers and individuals airing their opinions. Today it is very easy to speak your mind instantly to others.

The implications of what this means for us as learning, teachable beings is astounding. We have so many voices, teachers and leaders to possibly learn from. But is it a case of too many cooks in the kitchen? How can we seek wise counsel and weed through the many voices breaking through to us today?

The following excerpt is titled “Thoughts From an Older Woman” on correction from the book Becoming a Woman of Strength by Cynthia Heald.

Teachability is yielding to godly supervision and direction; it is having a willing spirit to learn; it is acknowledging that we cannot rely (only) on our own insight. Being teachable does not come naturally to our prideful nature; that is why I think we need Gods strength to be open to counsel.
Of all the ways of being taught, I prefer to learn from Gods Word and the prompting of His Holy Spirit. Although I am not a fan of receiving correction, over the years I have learned that Proverbs 25:12 is true: “To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry.”
So when I am corrected, I go to the Lord and ask Him if there is a kernel of truth in what was said. I do want to know if I’m off track or need to change in any way. Once, after I had spoken at a seminar, a dear lady told me she found fault with something I taught. I was distressed to be criticized, but I graciously thanked her, and as soon as I could, I earnestly prayed, “Lord, did you send this lady? Is there truth in what she said?” The Lord pointed out a kernel of truth and I did need to clarify a particular teaching, so I was able to accept her comment as of it were a gold earring.

On occasion the Lord has answered that the criticism was not from Him and was not valid. When this happens, He reminds me that His grace is sufficient.

It is important to have discernment when counsel is given. There may be times when seeking guidance that what we sense from the Lord and what we hear from others may not agree. When listening to counsel, it is necessary to “compare the counsel of others with what we believe to be right before God.” Even Godly counsel needs to be taken to the Lord.

“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” James 1:5

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Hi Simply Enjoy! Thanks for the encouraging post! You might want to re-spell “assess,” otherwise it’s not a very pleasant word! 🙂

Comment by MustardSeedBudget.wordpress.com

Haha Thank you for that apt and wise correction! 😉 I will do that!

Comment by simplyenjoy

These are truly words to live by and thank you for your thought provoking post!

Comment by Ellie

Thank you for swinging by for a visit and saying so, Ellie 🙂 you’re welcome.

Comment by simplyenjoy

I understand. I had to pull back from punching the keys only because I prayed that I would. I am learning to be quick to hear and slow to speak and slow to anger (wrath). Words can stir up good and bad. 🙂

Love you honey.

Comment by John

Self ~ control is only one of the nine fruits of the spirit, but such an important one! And oh so challenging. Love you!

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