We Need It: Correction

We can fight against it and become foolish or accept it and grow. This 1-minute devotion explains.

Years ago, when I edited submissions for a devotional blog, I found that some writers followed submission guidelines and accepted edits and suggestions humbly. But there were always a few exceptions. 

For example, one writer told me that God had given him the devotion he’d written, so he wouldn’t abide by the word count nor would he accept edits.(1) 

I love how Scripture is so applicable to life: 

"To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction." Proverbs 12:1

It’s no coincidence that those who refused correction were typically the mediocre writers. The same is true for Christians. Those who refuse correction remain shallow and immature:

"Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning." Proverbs 9:9

We’d rather have approval or flattery, but genuine friends keep us accountable: 

"Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses." Proverbs 27:5-6 

Wise correction can change our lives: 

"Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise." Proverbs 15:31

We can fight against it and become foolish or accept it and grow. This 1-minute devotion explains.

💙Beyond 1-minute for those who want more:

I encourage you to read the 1-minute devotions in the Accepting Correction collection, and I encourage you to memorize some of the proverbs below

Proverbs 9:8: "Don't bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you."

Proverbs 15:5: "Only a fool despises a parent's discipline; whoever learns from correction is wise." 

Proverbs 25:12: "To one who listens, valid criticism is like a gold earring or other gold jewelry." 


(1) I told him that if God gave him a devotion with more words than our submission guidelines, then God must have wanted him to submit it to another blog. I didn't publish it. ~ Beware of any author who claims to be writing the exact words from God unless the person is quoting Scripture. For another example: Are Sarah Young's Claims Biblical?

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1 comment:

  1. Well done, there are too many people out there today who say God told me...seems the time of false prophets is on the increase ?