I Have Decided – Proverbs 12

Today’s post comes from Anisa Larson, Finance Assistant at C3. 

“Don’t Be Stupid”

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 12

Today’s Key Scripture: Proverbs 12:1 “To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.”

Really, love discipline and love correction? God kept bringing me back to this verse no matter how many times I read the chapter. As a true redhead, this verse is a challenge for me! I mean, when raising my kids I’ve enjoyed enforcing discipline and correction; however, when those same disciplines and corrections are directed towards me…not so much! But like it or not, discipline is something we all encounter at one time or another. It may be from God, our parents, our boss, our spouse, our friends, or even the law. Yes, hitting someone can cause you to get arrested for assault and battery…just hypothetically speaking of course:).

Why do we hate discipline and correction? One reason and the reason why I struggled with it so much was pride. Pride causes us to reject correction and discipline as we feel we are perfect and above reproach. We often respond in anger and bitterness when our pride is pierced. If we could just remember that discipline from God is good, done for our own good and motivated by His love for us, I believe we would react humbly and accept the discipline with love. God is trying to move us forward through His discipline and correction. Hebrews 12:11 tells us that “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

What about when we are disciplined by a co-worker, a family member, or even a friend? We have an opportunity to learn and gain wisdom during these moments. However, that is often not our natural reaction. We tend to become defensive or try to blame shift. That’s when we need people in our lives who can help us see things from a Godly perspective. A few months ago, I had a fellow staff member tell me I was being negative towards a situation. I would like to say I immediately thought about what a great opportunity this was for me to learn. I, however, came home to tell my husband how upset I was that was being seen in a negative light and how people just misunderstood me. He, being the calmer of the two of us and a Godly husband, said maybe you need to think about the fact that this person cares enough about you to bring this to your attention and they are trying to help you.

So, if you struggle with discipline and correction and how to receive it, make sure you have those people in your life that you trust who can help you see the opportunity for growth. Also, thank God for the corrections and the people He places in your life to bring correction.

Prayer Focus: Lord, help me to have a humble heart that can receive discipline and correction in a healthy way. Help me to be thankful for discipline and correction as I know You discipline and correct out of love for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.