When we are disciplined, or even critiqued, we often don’t want to listen. Our pride says that we are right or we know the best way to do something, but we have parents and other people in our lives who are older and wiser than we are so we can learn and grow. It’s hard to accept discipline and criticism, but the Bible says the man who does not is a fool.
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling. – Proverbs 16:18
When we are reprimanded, our immediate reaction is usually to get defensive. We have a natural desire to defend ourselves and our decisions. Sometimes our parents may have just misunderstood the situation, but usually we are just too prideful to admit that we were in the wrong. Either way, being disrespectful to our parents or others in authority is not the right response.
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. — Proverbs 12:1
This verse may seem kind of harsh, but that just shows how important this truth is to God. He hates pride and foolishness. As we strive to become more like Him, accepting discipline and criticism with humility and a respectful attitude is something we will have to learn.
The great thing is that He doesn’t leave us to figure it out on our own. Commit these verses to memory and continually ask God to help you respond in a respectful way. Next time you are disciplined or something you do is critiqued, make sure you take a second to check your attitude and your response. Don’t be afraid to admit when you are in the wrong and ask for forgiveness. Not only will the other person appreciate it, but you will feel better afterwards too.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. — Hebrews 12:11
Your sister in Christ,