Are You Too Proud to Admit You Were Wrong?

When we refuse to admit mistakes, we may think we're saving face, but this devotion shares what actually happens.

Recently someone left a comment on social media telling me one of my devotions wasn't scriptural. I politely explained the content and she left another comment accusing me of discrediting God's Word. I had to wonder if she'd actually read the devotion before commenting.(1)

I explained further, added additional Scripture references, and attached two videos from reliable Bible teachers. 

How did she respond? She simply deleted her comment and “disappeared.” I imagine she realized she was wrong but wasn't going to admit it.

These situations have shown me the value of admitting when I'm wrong. 

When we refuse to admit error, we think we're saving face, but we're actually losing it. It damages our reputation and our relationships.

So let’s consider our ways, dear Christians, and realize we please both God and man when we graciously accept correction and admit our mistakes.

Pertinent verses: 

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

Proverbs 9:9:
“Instruct the wise, and he will be wiser still; teach the righteous, and he will learn more.”

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

Proverbs 15:31: “One who listens to life-giving rebukes will be at home among the wise.” 


For more on the importance of correction, including additional Scripture references, see Accepting Correction: 10 Scriptures. And check out the Bible Love Note's collection of 1-minute devotions, Accepting Correction.

(1) If someone is teaching something that's not scriptural, it's totally appropriate to politely correct them. But we should be very careful that we have our facts straight before doing this. I like the NLT translation of Proverbs 18:13: Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.

James 1:19 explains the way Christians can avoid reaching foolish conclusions: My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” 

When we refuse to admit mistakes, we may think we're saving face, but this devotion shares what actually happens.

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