It’s at these times I don’t want to be around my friend.
Reference: “Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise.” Proverbs 15:12 NIV
Explore: I have a friend who is super healthy. She works out regularly, eats all the right foods and is great to give advice on how to lose weight.
When I am feeling motivated and energised I love being around her. She helps take my fitness to a whole other level.
However, there are times when I’m lethargic and lazy. I eat whatever I want and disregard healthy living.
It’s at these times I don’t want to be around my friend. I feel like I will let her down and I’ll feel even more guilty for being so unhealthy.
Application: This can be true when we feel distant from God too. We know if we connect with our Christian friends they will help us connect with God. But when we’ve been through a period of disconnection from our Creator then we don’t want any holier-than-thou church goer making us feel any worse.
Our mind can really work against us sometimes. Although we need the help we fear it in case it makes us feel worse.
The truth is, sometimes we need to feel worse before we do anything about it. And those people we look at, thinking they are perfect, well you’d be surprised to hear they haven’t got it all together either.
Let’s not be a mocker – as Proverbs puts it – and shy away from correction, but let us be open to the wise so we can continue to improve our lives.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for seeing me through all the seasons in my life. May I be open to Your correction and strive to live more like You. Amen.
What are you struggling to receive correction for?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.