Listen to the Rebuke – Proverbs 15

Have you noticed some people are more teachable than others?

“He who listens to a life-giving rebuke will be at home among the wise.” Proverbs 15:31 NIV.

“He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.” 15:32

It’s not easy to accept a rebuke of any kind, but if one comes to me I want to look for something in it that’s life-giving and learn from it. I think that’s an excellent way to gain wisdom and not repeat mistakes.

Next, I want to throw in this sluggard verse, which is related to this post.

“The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.” 15:19

One dictionary defines a sluggard as someone who is habitually inactive or lazy. If I’m not accomplishing anything productive, perhaps it’s time to work on the weeds that are blocking my way. Being lazy just makes life harder.  And like the proverb we read before says, the person who “ignores discipline despises himself.” Not a very pleasant place to be. I don’t want to ignore discipline because I’d rather travel on a highway than be blocked by weeds and make no progress.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis