Those who love discipline love knowledge,
and those who hate correction are stupid.
When you read this in Proverbs we all kind of agree and say, "Yeah, those stupid people, how could they be so unwise?" But the truth is...I am that fool! Hey why should I take all the credit, We are those fools!
Lately I have been thinking about this issue of community, being a connected part of the church family. We have talked about the fact that a Christian outside of community is a contradiction. The moment we became Christ-followers we became part of the family of God, the body of Christ and a functioning and vital part of community. It is in this community that God helps us to be made and molded into His image. Think about it, how do we forgive as Christ forgave us? It happens in the context of community, when someone offends us and we have to choose to forgive them. That choice of forgiveness makes us more like Christ as we live out who He declared we are. When we do something stupid the community is there to correct us, but what happens when most of us are corrected by the community? We get offended and leave the community and short-circuit the image building that is taking place. In that moment of the offense we don't want to hear that we are acting like fools! No way, we are not the stupid ones, everyone else is stupid. Solomon reminds us that those who hate correction are stupid because the correction and our openness to it help us become more like Jesus - the epitome of wisdom.
Let's be wise and accept correction as the community of believers live out what it means to be the family of God.