Here are three great reasons that you want to be corrected.
To get it Right
I told my church when I am wrong about a verse or some Scripture, please do me a favor. Come up to me and tell me I’m wrong. I would rather be corrected than be incorrect. It’s not easy to admit you’re wrong, but it’s an opportunity to grow. If we understand that none of us have it all figured out, we can show grace to one another when someone is in error. I think it’s best to speak with someone privately than doing it in front of others.
To grow in Christ
Sometimes, it’s painful to grow, and I don’t mean just physically. The Apostle Paul told Timothy to “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching” (2nd Tim 4:2). He tells Titus to “rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith” (Titus 1:13). That sounds like a lot of correction doesn’t it? It doesn’t feel good to be rebuked or reproved, however, we must look at the end result, because all of this correction leads to the goal of being “sound in the faith.” Don’t you want that? If you truly do, be willing to take correction, rebukes, or reproving when it’s necessary. And, it’s been necessary for me!
To show Humility
Jesus said, “unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 18:3), and “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 18:4). And even more, “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me” (Matt 18:5). It’s not the immaturity of a child that Jesus is speaking about. It’s the child-like humility, their teach-ability, and their utter trust. Children need correction and they too grow from this, but unless we ourselves take correction with humility, we will not be taking correction in the right way.
Sometimes I’ve had advice that was given to me be wrong. That’s okay. I’ve been wrong too. We all have. But if we ignore our friends advice and not see the error or our way, if there is one, then we’ll lose an opportunity to grow; but also, it will show others, but most importantly, it will show God, that we are humble, teachable, and growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ (2nd Tim 3:18).
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