God’s Wisdom by Timothy Keller – May 21:
“Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored” (Proverbs 13:18).
“Correction. The irony is that pride, which hates correction, inevitably leads to public failures that bring shame, a translation of a Hebrew words that means to be taken lightly. So human arrogance brings about its own greatest nightmare. What, then, can remedy pride?
“Here is one way: Deliberately submit yourself systematically to correction from others. The only path to become not a light-weight but a person of honor is the formative discipline of submitting one’s ego to another self. You must lose your pride to find it rightfully. This can happen inside the church, if we take vows to submit to the counsel and instruction of wise leaders. This can happen in a marriage if we make it safe for our spouse to correct us. This can happen when we give Christian friends the right to speak to us regularly about our flaws and sins (Hebrews 3:13). It can happen, but only if you choose for correction to be a part of your life.
“Do you live in a Christian community with genuinely close, accountable relationships so this can happen? Have you experienced correction recently?
“Prayer: Lord, I don’t have enough people in my life I trust to correct me. I will need the patience and commitment to cultivate them and then the courage to open up to them. Give me both! Amen.”