Remain Teachable

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Daily Reading: 2 Samuel 4:1-6:23, John 13:31-14:14, Psalm 119:17-32, Proverbs 15:31-32

Daily Verse: “Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.” Prov. 15:32

Remain teachable.

When I began writing devotionals, readers would tell me when I got the scripture reference wrong. The first time someone corrected me, I felt offended. But then I realized I didn’t want to get the word of God wrong, and I felt grateful. People editing my work help me become the best writer possible; I can’t do it without feedback.

Over the years, I’ve received lots of instructions from others. Sometimes negative, mostly positive. A few years ago, I received a critical remark that hurt me deeply. As I shared my angst with a friend, she gave me wise advice.

“If you’re going to spend this much time thinking about one negative remark, you have to give the same amount of time to the positive ones.”

Learning to accept and filter reproof helps me gain intelligence. Receiving feedback helps us all become better at whatever task we have before us. Accepting our imperfections allows us to receive advice and apply it to our circumstances.

Receive instructions from others, discern what’s worth holding onto and what you need to let go. Become more intelligent as you do.

Lord, forgive us for taking offense when someone tries to help us. Give us teachable hearts that accepts instruction and applies it to our lives. Let us become more intelligent as we learn and grow with the help of others. IJNIP. Amen

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