The Acid Test of Your Character

 

     Nobody likes being wrong. 

     Nobody enjoys being called out when wrong. 

     Yet, how you respond to correction when you are wrong is an acid test which unfailingly demonstrates your true character.

     Proverbs 9:7-9 explains how this acid test works: “He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, and he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.  Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.  Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”

     Correction reveals the true content of your heart.  It unveils for all to know whether you are wicked or wise. 

     If you are wicked, your reaction will be to attack the messenger because you do not like his message.  If you are wise, your reaction will be to take the message to heart and appreciate the messenger who delivered it.

     What does the acid test of correction reveal about you?

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