Friday, January 6 – Proverbs 19:20

Jan 5, 2023

Listen to advice and accept discipline,

So that you may be wise the rest of your days.

 

Before a book is published, an editing process that takes place. Before a building is built, there are plans and inspections. Before a student completes a class, the professor assesses how well the student has understood the information. In many areas of life, we understand the importance of advice and correction. We understand the crucial role of critique in completing a project well. However, when it comes to our lives, assessing ourselves may not come so naturally. Often, we look for mistakes in others and avoid assessing ourselves. We become defensive at words of correction or fight back when someone mentions an area where we can grow. When it comes to seeking advice and receiving constructive criticism in personal matters, we often struggle.

 

We want to have control of our lives. It is easier to make our own way than to listen to the advice of others. In our flesh, it feels more natural to resist discipline from God than to receive it and repent. However, in Christ, we have a greater calling. We are not made to just get by—we are made for more. We are designed to glorify God and share who He is with those around us. We don’t have to fear accountability because we can bring the words we receive before the Lord, asking Him to use them in our lives. His mission demands more than just living the way we want; we are called to follow Him in all things. God has a plan for you this year. Some of this may be revealed through discernment, some in Scripture, and some through a brother or sister in Christ giving a needed word of wisdom. In any circumstance, seek ears to hear and understand according to God’s will.

 

  • Is it easy or difficult for you to listen to advice? Why?
  • What are some fears you have about listening to advice or receiving discipline?
  • Pray and ask God to bring you godly wisdom through the means He wills.

 

 

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Thursday, January 5 - James 4:15
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