be teachable
Devotions,  Proverbs,  Proverbs 12

How teachable are you? – Proverbs 12

“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.”
Proverbs 12:1, NIV

When I first read this verse in the New International Version, I had to give my head a shake. Does the Bible really use the word “stupid”?

Being old school, or maybe just old, I had to look this up in the KJV to put it into perspective:

“Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish.” – Proverbs 12:1, KJV.

Now I realize the old school words say exactly the same thing as the NIV, but I do like the way that the KJV uses the word instruction instead of discipline.

These days, discipline can sometimes connote the idea of punishment. That is not what the writer is getting at here.

Discipline comes from the Latin word discipulus, which means student.

To love discipline means to be teachable, humble, and ready to accept instruction and correction.

Humility is a key trait of a good student. To learn from someone means admitting that she has some knowledge or experience that you don’t have.

Learning is always a humbling experience. Are you willing to accept instruction? Are you willing to submit yourself to the Holy Spirit as your teacher?

My high school Latin teacher had a great motto: Aut disce aut discede. (out DIS-ka out dis-KAY-da)

Either learn or go away!

Are you willing to be teachable?


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