17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.

When we are disciplined it is not just for us. Others benefit from our obedience to correction and reproof. We show the world around us the way of life when we respond in a godly way to the Lord’s discipline.

None of us is an island all alone in this world. We are all connected in some way. My actions effect more than just myself. This is a foreign concept in this “me” generation. It is all about what I want and what I believe and it doesn’t matter others think about it. That is the message that we hear everyday. But the truth is that the way of life is not about what I want. The way of life is about loving God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and loving your neighbor as yourself.

One way we can show our love for God and our neighbor is to respond properly to correction. Not defensively. Not in rebellion. Not ignoring what others say. We are to embrace criticism. “For whom the LORD loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights.” Prov. 3:12. “Faithful are the wounds of a friend,” Prov. 27:6. “A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline” Prov. 13:1. “rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.” Prov. 9:8. “It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.” Eccl 7:5.

I am not very good at receiving correction. I take it personally and find it hard to see the good in it. I look at it like I failed and I am no good. My response is either defensive or self-debasing. In both cases, I am not being a good example for others. I’m not thinking about others at that moment. I’m thinking about myself only. How do you respond to correction?.