Being Teachable - Daily Devotional
Being reachable is an important character trait if you want to mature and grow. Having a teachable spirit will give other people the ability to point out growth areas to you without you getting upset or having an attitude with them. And this is extremely important for us because often other people can see growth areas in us better then we can see them for ourselves.
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Episode Notes & Bible Verses
How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge. – Proverbs 1:22
This verse speaks to acquiring wisdom. Wisdom is available for us every day but we have to be teachable to receive it.
Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” – 1 Peter 5:5
Peter told both young and old to be humble and to serve each other. Young people should follow the leadership of older men and women and those who are older should lead by example. Respect those who are older than you and listen to those who are younger than you. Be humble enough to admit that you can learn from each other.
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. – Proverbs 12:1
I feel the best way to learn is from others. Both accepting discipline and correction and learning from their wisdom. A person who refuses constructive criticism has a problem with pride. That person is unlikely to learn much in life.
Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. – Proverbs 9:8–9 NKJV
The difference between a mocker and the wise is in the individuals willingness to be corrected. Don’t be considered a foolish mocker. Accept correction. Or at the very least, consider if the correction is valid.
My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor detest His correction; For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights. – Proverbs 3:11–12
Godly parents don’t withhold loving discipline from their children. The more you love is the more that you correct what is wrong and train in what is right. The child who you are speaking to has to be teachable or this process of correction and learning will be difficult and take a long time.
And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. – 1 Corinthians 2:13-14
The spiritual believer evaluates everything from a divine perspective but if you are living in the flesh it will be difficult to receive the conviction of the Holy Spirit with a good attitude and change your behaviour. So part of being teachable is being spiritually mature.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives. – Hebrews 12:6
If you are trying to correct someone, it’s best to show that you love them and want the best for them. If you don’t then it will be more difficult for that person to receive your correction with the right attitude.