Whoever Loves Instruction Loves Knowledge

The Thinker

Proverbs 12:1 & 15 (NKJV) Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid…{15} The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise.

One of the sure signs of a wise person is their desire to learn, especially from their mistakes. A stupid person is too proud to receive correction. Fools are self confident and arrogant. They are so sure that they are right that even when they make a mess of things they refuse to learn from their mistakes.

Correction is a part of success. We actually can learn more from our failures and mistakes than we do when everything goes smoothly with out a hitch. Yet a foolish person refuses to recognize that they need to change and grow.

In sports we have coaches that correct players and constantly point out those areas of their game that need to be corrected and improved. This is why athletes look at film of their performances so that they can see what they did right and what they did wrong. A good athlete looks at their mistakes and works to correct their bad technique. An overly confident athlete ignores the advice of their coaches and refuses to work to improve their performance.

Foolish people seem to never learn. They like to constantly blame others for their failures and will never take personal responsibility for their foolish decisions. This is why they go from one failed relationship after another, and yet can’t see that they are the problem. They are too proud to ask for help and too stubborn to accept the counsel of others.

We all need friends and mentors who can speak openly to us, without fear of offending us. This actually keeps us safe from spinning off into destructive behaviors. A wise person has the good sense to humble themselves and receive the advice of others, even when they may tell them something they don’t want to hear.

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