Friday, January 30, 2015

There Is A Difference

We often apply words without understanding the importance of their exact meaning. The word “ignorant” is a good example. To be sure, I am “ignorant” about many things. I know nothing about “quantum physics” but that does not mean I am “dumb.” I cannot fly an airplane, but that does not mean I am “stupid.” Rather, I am “ignorant” about quantum physics and how to fly an airplane.

Being ignorant differs from “ignoring” something. It means that I lack knowledge or information about a particular subject. It may or may not impact on my life in a harmful way. But if I “ignore” something important or significant that can affect my well-being that is different.

Discipline is something not to be ignored because it has serious consequences. “He who ignores discipline despises himself; but whoever heeds correction gains understanding.” It is a conscious rejection or refusal to accept discipline or even the willingness to consider it as an important aspect in life. Solomon says that a person who ignores discipline “despises himself” or is “unwilling to be corrected.” This often refers to “personal pride” or an unwillingness to see myself as I am. It is though I say to myself, “It does not matter what the truth is about me, I refuse to admit it.”

If we look at this from another perspective, it is the same as a sinner saying to God, “I don't need You. I can make it by myself. I need nothing - including You.”

However, if we accept “God’s correction” we not only gain understanding, we receive all He has to offer us.

Prayer:  Thank You, Father, for all we have because of Your love. May we gladly accept Your correction and life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 15:32 Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding.

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