Proverbs 12:1, “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.”
At the same, the church shouldn’t be rude, legalistic, or a micro manager. The balance of Biblical leadership and their use of the Word of God with God’s people is given in 2 Timothy 4:2 where Paul wrote, “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage —with great patience and careful instruction.” The church should consider its preaching and teaching to be 1/3 correction, 1/3 rebuking, and 1/3 encouraging. However, most Christians think the church should give its people 1/3 encouragement, 1/3 good times, and just 1/3 correction and rebuking!
The above proverb clearly teaches that whoever loves discipline (to be corrected and rebuked) loves knowledge. However, whoever hates correction is stupid. Here are some ways to see if you love discipline or act in stupidity when it comes to discipline and correction;
(1) When corrected by a good leader, do you accept it or make excuses? (2) After being shown your wrong, do you repent or first try to show someone else his or her wrong? (3) If you are asked to changed something about yourself do you do it just when people are looking or at all times even when you’re by yourself. And lastly, (4) Do you have strong leaders in your life who can discipline you or do you just have people that tell you what you want to hear?
Take sometime today to examine your heart to truly see if you are a person who loves knowledge by loving discipline. Also, if you’re not currently in a church being discipled and disciplined find one and start today!
- Repent of any stupidity you might have from hating correction.
- Ask God to make you humble and teachable- a lover of discipline.
- Find a good church with great leaders who can disciple you!