To Love Instruction…
“Whoso loveth instruction (Or, discipline) loveth knowledge (Or, understanding); but he that hateth reproof ( Or, correction) is brutish (Or, rebellious).” (Proverbs 12:1).
Sadly, we are living in a society that makes fun of those who seek a disciplined, submissive, and wholesome lifestyle while it celebrates those who rebel against any type of authority, instruction, or correction.
Too many times a “rebellious” mindset to authority begins early in childhood. Our nation’s jails and correctional institutions are filled with inmates that never accepted being told, “NO,” or what to do…Putting a person with a rebellious attitude and mindset in mainstream society along with other contributing negative factors can produce a very troubled soul.
Fortunately, as a child, I was told that handing out discipline was just like handing out love. My dad always told me, “I don’t discipline the neighbor’s kids because they don’t belong to me, but I discipline you because you belong to me and I want what’s best for you.” Because of my dad’s approach to discipline I grew up with a healthy attitude of acceptance towards authority. Sadly, I fear many of our youth today are missing this healthy attitude towards discipline and the ability to receive the word, “NO” without argument. Unfortunately, this negative attitude towards authority and discipline is making its way into our schools, universities, work places, government, and even our churches.
Many today will not endeavor (make an effort) to keep the unity or peace unless they “get their own way.” The need for cooperation, team work, compromise, seeing the bigger picture, or self-reflection is not taken into consideration. Many people would rather see discord, conflict, and confusion rather than seeking instruction, knowledge, or even reproof. As the Bible plainly teaches, none of us are perfect and we all need instruction and correction from time to time.
As Christians, it should be our attitude to welcome instruction and correction into our lives as it will also bring forth knowledge, experience, and wisdom. Being willing to accept a little warranted instruction here and there can spread great peace, unity, and joy for everyone involved.
So, the next time something doesn’t work out your way instead of getting upset or mad, ask our LORD to show you how you can use it to better gain knowledge and understanding. In doing so, you are demonstrating wisdom and your love for instruction.
Remember, Jesus Loves YOU!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author