Have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you (Hebrews 12:5).
As a whole, human beings have a hard time accepting correction. Who likes to admit a wrongdoing or worse own one’s failures? And yet the mistakes you make can help you learn if you are willing to own them. Pride will block you from taking correction from people who only want to help you. If you believe you are never wrong, you are living in a fantasy world where everyone else is out to get you!
Why is it painful when someone says we are wrong when we are indeed wrong? Why do we feel exposed? Why can’t we say, “yes, I see I am wrong, I stand corrected?” Do you think people are saying you’re an idiot, or is it that deep down in your soul you feel stupid, not good enough? Why not take off the mask of pride that hides your shame and receive the correction, which makes you real and more relatable to people?
The Lord allows us to reap the consequences of our sin. The situations we create due to our unwillingness to humble ourselves are difficult to navigate. It is in these tough times that the Lord is disciplining you. Although it is painful if we listen and obey Him by making a course correction afterward, we will have joy. What situation are you in right now that is demanding something of you? Are you in that spot because your will clashed with the Lord’s will, and you refused to listen and obey Him? Take off the mask of pride to reveal the face of humility and do it His way.