Proverbs 15:31-32 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.
Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
How well do we listen to those reprimanding us? Do we appreciate those who are telling us how it should be done? Our willingness to humbly take correction and instruction is a pathway for wisdom.
In our human nature it is difficult to appreciate criticism! No one really likes to be criticized, to be blamed for, and to be corrected. We would rather hear foolish things over a rebuke from a wise person. But in order for us to grow into a mature Christian we need to accept the reproofs of life. If we despise being rebuked, blamed and sometimes criticized, then we are rejecting wisdom!
The Bible clearly says:
Proverbs 10:17 He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.
Proverbs 12:1 Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.
Proverbs 13:18 Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth reproof shall be honoured.
Proverbs 15:10 Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.
The Word of God tells us that the reproofs of life gives us wisdom. When we learn to humbly accept the correction and instruction that God gives us through different circumstances, then we are heading to spiritual maturity. It is when we hate and reject reproof that we hinder our ability to grow and that we are simply hurting ourselves.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
God uses our parents and spiritual leaders to give us correction and instruction. Our attitude towards their reproofs will determine what kind of Christians we will be.
As a final thought, how well do we listen to our authorities in life? Do we often despise our parent’s correction and instruction? Do we welcome our spiritual leaders’ reproofs?
If we want to be a wise person, then we must learn to welcome the reproofs of life.
How can we follow through and see God do a great work in and through our lives?
As it made sense for the One who was the Word of God to follow the Word of God, so too does it make sense for His followers to do the same.