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.