Do I Have A Teachable Spirit?

by Jarrod McClintick

by Jarrod McClintick

"If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding." -Proverbs 15:32

A lot of people say they want to grow in their faith, but when it comes down to it, there's one thing that always determines whether or not they actually do: whether you're willing to listen, learn, and grow. Are you open to suggestions and correction from other people? We have to stop acting like we know it all, because we don't!

Here are a few reasons why you need to have a teachable, humble spirit:

1. You'll be more likable.

The Bible says in Proverbs 15:12"Conceited people do not like to be corrected; they never ask for advice from those who are wiser." Pride, when you break it down, is really just insecurity. Maybe you're afraid to show that you really don't know much, but the truth is you'll actually be more likable if you're open to teaching.

2. You'll have less conflict in your life.

Proverbs 13:10 says, "Pride only leads to arguments." This is one of the first verses couples should memorize after they get married. Anytime you get in an argument, you can be sure that pride is going to pop its head out! However, when you approach a situation with humility, you'll have less conflict in your relationships.

In a lot of ways, when it comes to humility, God wants us to be like children. Why? Because children are teachable. They're open to learning. They WANT to learn. They're not defensive. They don't walk around saying, "I don't need to learn to walk. I don't need to learn to talk. Don't teach me anything."

3. You'll be wiser.

Proverbs 15:32 says, "If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding." Humble people are always growing because they're open to correction. Every person on earth is ignorant, just in different areas. Two heads are always better than one. Those who are willing to allow others to sharpen them are the ones who grow in character. I don't know about you, but I don't have time to make all the mistakes myself. It's wise to learn from your own mistakes. But it's wiser to learn from the mistakes of others. The way to do that is by learning to ask questions.

You have a choice: Will you humble yourself, or will you live in arrogant, prideful denial? Will you be teachable or unreachable? God is for you, and He'll walk with you as you learn humility.

REFLECT:

  • When someone attempts to correct you, how do you typically respond? Does your response demonstrate a humble, teachable spirit?

  • Think about an argument you had recently. How did either of you demonstrate humility? How did it make a difference?

  • Why is it important to never stop learning?