Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but whoever hates correction is stupid.
Discipline is absolutely necessary for human life. Without discipline man would be completely stripped of all sense of order and justice. Without correction everybody could do whatever they please without being accountable to anyone and without fear of receiving any negative consequence that may arise from it. Without correction everybody would act without any other criteria than self-satisfaction regardless of how our behavior may affect others. We all know cases of spoiled children whose parents have failed to properly raise them and how embarrassing it is for them when their children misbehave, of course, only if these parents are left with some dignity. Many tears and sufferings are in store for those who do not raise their children with discipline.
When faced with discipline we can take three courses of action. One is to dismiss it as useless and as something we are not interested in and therefore it is only an inconvenience and an obstacle in our pursuit of pleasure. Another is to become discouraged because we do not get to learn and the next time we do something wrong God will discipline us again and we will grow weary. And another is to accept the discipline of our heavenly Father as something beneficial for us that will help us correct our steps and live a life pleasing in the eyes of God.
The apostle Paul told us that “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Which attitude will you have the next time God disciplines you? Will you reject it, get discouraged by it or welcome it? Do you understand the importance of correction for your life? Ignoring discipline will only produce the need for additional discipline until we learn to behave with justice and righteousness. Therefore, let us receive with joy the correction of our loving Father and let us improve everything we need to improve. We will be the first beneficiaries. To God alone be the glory!
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Listen to advice and accept discipline,
and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
If error did not exist, correction and advice would not be required. Nobody is born learned and everybody’s lives are a constant learning process. Only a fool would say that he no longer has anything to learn. A phrase generally attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt says: “You have to learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” The experience of others, transmitted through advice or a word of rebuke is very valuable for us to avoid repeating the same mistakes others have made. It is our pride that prevents corrections and the advice given to us from being transformed into useful lessons to increase our knowledge and wisdom. In fact, pride leads us into folly, because only a fool would think to ignore a wise teaching. The word of God tells us: “Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice” and Scripture also reminds us that: “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.”
Let us not act with pride when we are corrected or receive advice, thinking that we know everything and that there is nothing else we need to know. Let us listen carefully to what we are being told and let us analyze where we were wrong and how we can use correction to improve our behavior and performance. To do otherwise will only sink us further into our own mistakes and will prevent us from progressing towards spiritual maturity; we will certainly be trapped into our own folly. Augustine said: “To err is human; to persevere in error is diabolical.” Let us seize correction and advice so that instead of doing what pleases our enemy, we can truly do what pleases God. To God alone be the glory!
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Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
They are a garland to grace your head
and a chain to adorn your neck.
It is true that our parents were not too skilled when applying discipline to us, but for sure they were full of good intentions and love. It is also true that sometimes they were a little severe and a tad violent when using the rod but everything was done so we could learn how to behave and so we could avoid getting ourselves into trouble later in our lives. They made mistakes ─just as we do now─ by letting them be carried away by their emotions and not by reason when trying to correct our misbehaviors. All in all, we are living proof that opportune discipline, applied in proportionality to the fault, brought much good to our lives. Of course, it was not until we became parents ourselves and had to deal with those little, rotten, spoiled, manipulative, hyperactive and tireless creatures that we call our children, that we realized the logic of many things related to discipline. (Just kidding, children are a great blessing.)
What we need to understand now that we have grown up, is that we still need correction and discipline in order for us to reach the perfection that our Heavenly Father demands of us, His children. It is His turn to correct and discipline us with love, truth and justice, “for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.” and to produce “a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” as the author of the letter to the Hebrews wrote. Let us march forward with renewed energy because God Himself is correcting and taking care of us in a perfect way. Only to God be the glory!