Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.
How many of us read a verse like this and think, "man I love being disciplined, I can't wait for some more!"? But we really don't like the idea of being thought of as stupid, do we? So what's can we learn?
The idea, I think, is truth. If I am living in sin, and a brother comes up to me and brings a loving, knowledgable word of correction, do I receive, and love it simply because it is true, or do I reject the truth and choose to believe a lie because I don't want to change? What do I do with the truth? This I think is the issue. If I hate this correction from my brother, God is telling me and all of those who are listening, that I am stupid.
Questions for the kids
1. When was the last time someone corrected you?
2. Was this correction true or false?
3. Did you love it or hate it?
4. Do you believe God was seeking to bring correction to you through this person?