The Proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel…to understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark saying. Proverbs 1:1, 6
It is often hard to listen to someone who tells you something “for your own good.” No one likes to hear negative comments, whether they are true or not. It takes a special person to seek criticism and suggestions for improvement. The Bible says that we should be humble and always trying to improve ourselves. This is an important part of wisdom.
The apostle Paul advised that Christians examine themselves to see that they are truly living the way Christ would want them to live. Honest examination and evaluation require a lot of integrity. It is not always easy. Happily, God supports us through our self-examination, and He loves us no matter how good or bad we might find ourselves to be. The love of God is unconditional. God is truly for us, and if He is for us, who can be against us? Wise words may be welcome, or they may create in us feelings of hurt or resentment. Knowing that we are loved by God makes all the difference in the world.
O Lord, help me to be open to the comments of others. Let me face my shortcomings with dignity and open-mindedness. Help me ever to change myself for the better. Amen.
Jesus Christ is Lord!