by Yewande Olamiju
A man of God sharing what God told him regarding receiving correction said – If you are waiting for a perfect man to correct you before you can accept correction from a mortal you will not be corrected, neither will you get to where God is taking you. Is the correction scriptural? If the correction given is according to the Scriptures then accept it. Though the bearer is not perfect, God’s word is perfect.
Sometimes when corrected or criticised, we are quick to quote the scripture “speak the truth in love”, placing emphasis on the words “in love” and then trashing whatever was said because we believe the speaker did not speak in love but out of spite.
Whenever we are corrected, admonished or criticised or given some unwarranted and unwanted advice, the right response is to be slow to speak and quick to listen. Check what has been said against the scriptures and accept the correction if it confirms with the truth in the scriptures. Hear the instruction for it’s good doctrine and then keep it for it is sound wisdom.
Sometimes people don’t speak the truth in love. Sometimes their motives for correcting us are wrong or the way they go about it may be wrong. Sometimes people make corrections for their own pleasure (Heb 12:10) but you have the responsibility to keep sound wisdom if the rebuke or correction is according to the word of God if you want to grow.
I can remember times when I was quick to defend myself without carefully considering what was said only to realise later on that if I had been slow to speak and quick to listen I would have come to the right conclusion regarding the matter and not had undue delays and hardships which could have been avoided.
Prov 29:1 says that whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery
The words attend, heed, hear, incline run throughout the Scriptures reminding us that we should we should be quick to hear the words of wisdom and instruction. Receive the word of correction with meekness. Don’t argue, become bitter or unforgiving.
If you’re hurt by the way someone corrected you or you were unjustly criticised, take the hurt to God in prayer and remember that if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you……Christ is your example and you must follow in His steps. He did not retaliate when He was insulted, nor threaten revenge when He suffered. He left His case in the hands of God who always judges fairly. (1 Pet 2:20-23 NLT)