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I want to look for a moment now at a scriptural description of a foolish woman:
The foolish woman is noisy; she is simple and open to all forms of evil; she [willfully and recklessly] knows nothing whatever [of eternal value].
(Prov. 9:13 AMP)
Now let's contrast that description with what the New Testament says about the godly wife, who possesses "the inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which [is not anxious or wrought up, but] is very precious in the sight of God" (1 Peter 3:4 AMP).

So - which kind of woman appeals to you more? Which kind of person would you rather be? Good choice! Nobody wants to be a loud, bossy woman.

You know, it's up to you what kind of person you are. You can be proud, stiff-necked and unteachable - or you can be humble, full of peace and loveliness and a blessing to all with whom you come in contact.

Be Willing to Take Correction
But for God to teach us, we have to be willing to be taught. So after wisdom's invitation comes the divine warning, "Don't be unteachable" (vv. 7-9).

This passage contrasts the way that the scorner and the wise man take correction: "Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man and he will be yet wiser" (vv. 8-9 AMP).

A wise man, when he is corrected, will increase in learning. On the other hand, when a scorner is corrected, everyone had better watch out: "He who rebukes a scorner heaps upon himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man gets for himself bruises" (v. 7 AMP).

So don't let yourself become a hardhearted scorner of the things of God. Proverbs 15:32 (AMP) says, "He who refuses and ignores instruction and correction despises himself, but he who heeds reproof gets understanding." Be willing to take correction.

If you sense in your spirit that the Lord is telling you to do or to stop doing something, don't hesitate to receive His correction and change. And don't get offended at Him just because He has asked you to do something you don't want to do.

Realize that the Holy Spirit is endeavoring to instruct you for your good. Maybe He's instructing you to avert a trial or temptation that may be farther down your path in life.

The Holy Spirit may say to you, Drop that habit or Don't spend your time doing that activity. What you're doing may not even seem harmful to you at this point in your life. But God may know that your pursuit of that particular course will eventually lead you to a trial or crisis that can be averted - if you will listen to Him now.

So don't be offended by the Holy Spirit's correction - be teachable. He lives inside of you to help you. He is telling you what to do because He loves you and wants the best for you.

Excerpt permission granted by
Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries

Author Biography

Gloria Copeland
Web site: Kenneth Copeland Ministries
For the last 50 years Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have been passionately teaching Christians all over the world how to apply the principles of faith found in God's WORD to their lives.

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