He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, But he who refuses correction goes astray (Proverbs 10:17), NKJV).
How do you react when someone corrects you, pointing out that your opinion or behavior is wrong? Most of us respond by saying, “Thank you very much. I needed that.” NOT! Most of us do not like correction, especially when it happens in front of others. I must admit that I do not respond well to correction. I guess it depends on how it is presented. Correction from a person with a “know it all” attitude does not sit well. Correction delivered with kindness and concern is more palatable.
Solomon, a very wise man, advises us to consider correction carefully. If someone corrects us and we need correcting, it is a blessing. If we are stubborn and refuse to listen to anyone who suggests that we are wrong, that attitude may cause us to stray away from God. Yes, sometimes corrections are inappropriate while others may be proper. When someone brings correction to us, we need to consider what we are being told prayerfully. God may be using another person to help us get our life more in order.
Oh, and if you are inclined to correct others, please do it with kindness and love. Corrections that come to us from a voice laced with anger and hostility are usually met with resistance.
Father, we all need correction at times. Please help us to listen carefully to what others say to us. When we need correction, may our hearts be open to it. If the suggestions of others about what we should say or do are out of line, help us to know the difference. In Jesus name, Amen.