Your daily dose of true beauty advice…
A wise person, according to Proverbs, never stops growing, never stops learning. He never feels like he’s arrived. He’s always learning. Proverbs 9, verse 9 says, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser.” You can become more wise. “Teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.” According to Proverbs 10, verse 8, a wise person receives instruction. “The wise of heart will receive commandments.”
You know it’s our natural tendency to want to buck up against commandments. I don’t want anybody telling me what to do. But Proverbs says the wise person will receive direction, will receive commandments. The wise person listens to reproof, listens to correction. Proverbs 15 says, “The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise” (verse 31).
Listening to others who point out blind spots in our lives, listening to correction—that’s having a humble and teachable spirit. It’s so rare to hear in the body of Christ of people saying, “I was wrong. I’ve seen that I was wrong.”…
Proverbs goes so far as to say that a wise person loves the one who reproves him. Proverbs 9, verse 8, “Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.”
I want to say that the people who’ve been willing to speak truth into my life, to speak correction into my life, have become some of my most dear, most treasured friends because I know that they care enough to risk what I may think of them to tell me the truth. The wise person loves the person who reproves him; whereas, if you’re a scoffer, you’re going to hate the person who corrects you. The wise person listens to advice. The opposite way of thinking is, “I don’t need your advice; my way is the right way. I’m going to do it my way.” Now, most of us would never say that, but don’t we often have that attitude. The wise person listens to advice.
~Nancy Leigh DeMoss in “Wisdom: A Teachable Heart“