Sometimes,you will get a short devotional for the day in this section. VNLC has an ongoing devotionals in the book of Proverbs. About three months ago, we have set out to read one verse each day. We started with Proverbs 11:1. We are now on Proverbs 15:32.
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Proverbs 15:32 (NLT2)
If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding.
We can take this passage as an extension of yesterday’s verse. The word used in the original language for “understanding” may be translated as “heart.” It usually refers to the thinking, feeling, deciding, and willing side of a person. It may then mean that when a person agrees to correction, his inner self grows. That includes his depth of thinking, width of his understanding, agreeableness of his attitude, and strength of his character.
We seem to think that the older we get, the wiser we become. Yes, if our experimentations and experiences in our younger age have developed the discipline to choose what is right. The Bible puts more weight on learning than aging. Yes, Job says, “Wisdom is found with the elderly” (Job 12:12). But he immediately explains that wisdom comes from the counsel of God (Job. 12:13). That entails learning as later emphasized by Christ. He said, “Those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge" (Matthew 13:12).
When corrected, we know what to do: listen and learn. This applies primarily in our living in the kingdom of God. But then also, it makes us a better person in every way, if we change our ways when corrected.
Happy Wednesday everyone.
Pastor Joven Laroya
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