About halfway through the Proverbs! Let’s read Proverbs 17, 18, and 19 today. Instruction on wealth, friendship, parenting – Solomon certainly covers a lot of ground!
I love the verses on correction – we should not rush to correct, but we shouldn’t avoid it either (whether we have to receive the correction or administer the correction). Please, please learn to accept correction as protection. As a parent (whether you can relate to having one or being one), you protect your child by offering correction: “Don’t touch the stove, you’ll burn your hand” or “don’t steal – that is a sin and crime with serious consequences”. There isn’t a break in relationship because of the correction, there isn’t less love because of the correction – I would say there is even more love. You correct those you care for – you also receive correction from those you respect. Correction helps us be better, and who doesn’t want to be better?
I love how the Message translates this one:
“People ruin their lives by their own stupidity, so why does God always get blamed?” (Proverbs 19:3 MSG)