- Proverbs 15:5 (NIV) 5 A fool spurns his father's discipline, but whoever heeds correction shows prudence.
- Proverbs 15:10 (NIV) 10 Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path; he who hates correction will die.
- Proverbs 15:12 (NIV) 12 A mocker resents correction; he will not consult the wise.
- Proverbs 15:14 (NIV) 14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
- Proverbs 15:31 (NIV) 31 He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.
- Proverbs 15:32 (NIV) 32 He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.
In most of these verses the same two Hebrew words are used for discipline and correction. The word musar is the Hebrew word that translates discipline and also carries the understanding of rebuke, correction and instruction. The word towkechah is the Hebrew word used for correction and also carries the understanding of reproof, rebuke and reasoned discussion.
What Solomon says time and again is that a wise person (young or old) is able to handle correction. Not only are they open to correction but they seek it out. The wise person looks for people who can correct and instruct them in the ways of life. The wise person looks for a dialog with older and wiser people. Reasoned discussion. Of course they are not looking for the discussion just for the sake of discussion but they are seeking it out with a desire to learn and respond accordingly. Verse 31 tells us that we are to look for people who can give us wise life counsel and we are wise to seek it out and then MAKE THE NECESSARY ADJUSTMENTS.
One of the most practical ways that we can do that today is by involving ourselves in mentoring relationships. In mentoring relationships we seek out people who are older and wiser and have a proven track record of success in a given area we are trying to improve in and we allow them to speak into our lives. The truth is too many of us never take advantage of such relationships. We either say that those people are too busy to invest in us (most of those people will say yes if they are asked) or we say we don’t need other people’s advice because we are going to learn the hard way. BTW, that is the idiot’s response.
Another simple way we can learn valuable life lessons is by being a part of a GROW group where young and old are doing life together. In that setting we are able to hear the wisdom of the older and if we are wise we listen and respond.
Don’t hate correction, don’t run from it…embrace it. Look to have life-giving discussions, seek out correction and be open to rebuke. It is one of the best things that we can do. And don’t let it be lost on you that it is the foolish and immature ones who thing that they know it all.