Words from the Heart for Monday October 2nd, 2017
Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.
Proverbs 12:1 (NKJV)
Loving Instruction, Hating Correction
Do we welcome instruction and correction or are we offended when we require the help and wisdom of others? The Lord loves us and corrects us to keep us from things that will hurt us. Perhaps others have not corrected you with your best interest in mind. Forgive them for this and ask the Lord to bring people into your life who will help you and do it in God’s way. He is faithful to answer that request.
The inability to read and write may well not be a direct cause of criminal behaviour, but low literacy and crime are related. Daily life is harder for people with low literacy, so they are more likely to feel frustrated and dissatisfied. This may partly explain why people who have low literacy are statistically more likely to be involved in crime. Here in Canada, 79% of people entering Canadian correctional facilities don’t have their high school diploma and 65% have less than a Grade 8 education.
Mark Twain once said, “Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It’s like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won’t fatten the dog.” There is a Biblical principle in these humourous words and it is found in King Solomon’s wise words in Proverbs 12:1: “Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.” How much wiser is it to love instruction and accept correction than to refuse to learn and to reject the lessons we learn from the mistakes we make. The Bible is filled with instructions to gain knowledge and accept being corrected. The God who created us birthed in us a desire to understand our world and to become the man or woman He desires us to be. We are called to use the intelligence He has given us to bring honour and glory to Him as we do so. We should constantly be discovering new things in His word and in His creation. What has He been teaching you lately and how does it bring glory to Him?
These have been words from the heart.