If you want to grow, you got to correct your shortcomings. And if you got to correct your shortcomings, heed to the advice and correction of elders and others, just admit it and say ’sorry’! That does the trick !
Yes ,that registers in your mind and next time when you are about to commit the same mistake “the sorry”you said pops up promptly in your mind and reminds you not to fall into the same pit again. Earlier,I used to be very arrogant, proud and not willing to be disciplined or corrected by anybody.
I used to feel that I was far ahead of others and I knew better than those who tried to correct me. However, after I started reading Holy Bible Matthew Chapters 5,6 and 7 repeatedly, God spoke to me and changed my entire attitude towards correction. Later I could realize why others were correcting me in certain areas.
Thereafter, I started readily admitting my mistake. Today others are able to see a world of change in my behavior and they acknowledge that only God could have brought about this change in me. Now, before I advise others on anything, I introspect myself, find out my attitude on it and then advise. For example: Earlier I used to preach on “forgiveness” in style, when I myself was holding a lot of unforgiveness in my heart! But today, by the grace of God, I can confidently preach on many such topics.
In this connection, Proverbs 10:17 says “He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray”.Proverbs 12.1 confirms’ Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid’.
So let us learn to admit our mistakes, say sorry and see the change in and around us.
By: Sundar A.S