Refusing Correction And Instruction

How do you feel about correction and instruction? How do I? Do we despise it or do we love it? How do we feel about Christians who try to correct and instruct us? Do we prefer Christians who do not correct and instruct us? Pastor Dan Lupton corrected and instructed me. It was sometimes painful but I did not resent him for it. I loved Him for it. Pastor Jim Gray corrected and instructed me. I did not resent him for it, I loved him for it. I have had many mentors who corrected and instructed me. They were doing exactly what the Bible commanded them to do and they rightly divided the Word of Truth.

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:

2 Timothy 4:2: Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Proverbs 15:5: A fool despiseth his father*s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

Proverbs 15:32: He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

Proverbs 12:1: Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.

John 16:7-8: Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

God*s purposes for the Bible, the Holy Spirit and other Christians are to reprove us. We need to pay attention. I have too often refused correction and instruction. I thought those preachers were legalists. The more I study the Bible the more I learn that they were right and I was wrong. The more I refused correction and instruction the more miserable I was. The more I heed those things the more I am blessed.

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