Advice & Correction

Many times, wisdom comes to you in the form of advice and correction from people involved in your life. Receiving advice or correction is a humbling experience. However, humility is a key ingredient to growing in wisdom (Proverbs 11:2). Proverbs 9:8-9 tells the importance of your attitude in receiving instruction as a way of adding to the wisdom that you already have. The pursuit of wisdom means you no longer try to protect yourself with pride. You need a spirit of openness and approachability that helps you to receive wisdom when it is presented to you. Proverbs 13:10 says, “Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice”. When you receive advice or correction you need to listen to the message and consider what is being said. Do not give in to the temptation to react with defensive thoughts or words.

You cannot let emotions, like anger or resentment, be your response to advice or correction. How you take correction or advice is generally a good barometer for the amount of pride that is in your life. If you find yourself bristling immediately when someone begins to share something challenging with you and you feel the proud ‘red flag’ going up, then your prayers for humility should go up right after it. In the world, taking correction or advice is generally regarded as a threat or an attempt to dominate or humiliate someone. This is not to be so in the Lord’s church. Giving godly advice and correction is one of the true tests of our faith and love in the Lord. You should reflect on this when someone who cares enough about you risks rocking the boat in your life because they feel something is hindering your walk with the Lord. You should carefully give thought to what has been shared and take time to pray to the Father about it.

Ultimately your greatest instructor will always be God’s Word. James 1:19-25 tells of the importance of your humility to accept what the Lord teaches you for salvation. This passage really makes the point of how your humility is a critical part of your acceptance of salvation. Your personal study of the Scriptures should be an exercise of personal submission as you read God’s will through His Word. Your study of God’s Word is essential for your growth and maturity in your faith. Proverbs 6:20-24 tells what submitting to teachings and commands do for your life. This passage also suggests how your attitude toward submitting to commands and teachings should be one of having a treasured possession. You must realize submission to the Lord is not putting yourself into a small box of limitations but rather placing yourself in the training of a caring Father. That training will be a guide, protector and light for your life. God longs for you to have a life that is fulfilling and full of hope. Jesus tells us in John 10:10, that He came so that we may have life and have that life to the full. The more you grow in your trust in the Lord the more you will appreciate His Will in your life. The more you submit to the Lord’s instruction the wiser you will be. J


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MONDAY: How do you respond to advice or correction? Read Proverbs 29:23. How does pride bring you low? List areas of your life that where pride makes you struggle. Pray for wisdom to not allow pride to stop you from accepting instruction and advice.

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TUESDAY: Read Proverbs 12:15. What are the differences in this passage between the foolish and the wise? Now Read Proverbs 14:12. What does this passage teach us about what pride can do to hurt you?

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WEDNESDAY: Read Proverbs 20:18. Do you actively seek advice for making important decisions? Read Proverbs 15:22. What are the benefits of getting advice from many whom you know to be wise? List how you gain wisdom from seeking advice from many.

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THURSDAY: Read Proverbs 10:17What does this passage teach about the influence that you have on those around you? Do you consider how your attitude of heeding discipline or ignoring correction affects those who interact with you?

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FRIDAY: Read Ecclesiastes 7:8-9. Having patience is important when getting advice or listening to correction. Do you struggle with anger or resentment when receiving either advice or correction? Pray for a spirit of patience to listen without reacting with any of the fruits of pride.

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J Family Devotional Ideas:

Discuss the differences between “good pride”, which is caring about doing your best and “arrogant pride”, which is not wanting to listen to anyone.

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