Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance… (Proverbs 1:5)
You’re right! Two words that stick in our throats. Why do we find it so difficult to admit when someone else has a better idea or accept when someone else has a word of insight or correction for us?
Is our first, fleshly reaction to defend ourselves? Our pride is hurt. Do we go on the offensive and start to counter-attack? When a conflict occurs or another points out our sinful attitude, or less-than-gracious words or actions, do we tend to deflect, blame shift, argue and sulk?
The simple, humble words, “You’re right” can almost instantly dissolve the tension into a life-giving, faith-building, loving, exchange that helps us grow in Christ-like grace and further build our relationship with that individual.
We are all spiritually blind and God uses His Word and others to shine His light into those dark corners of our hearts. Rather than shield that darkness from His light, we are better off embracing His correction in whatever form He sends it. After all it is for His glory and our good.
That being said, not every word of correction is 100% accurate. Instead of overreacting and focusing on the part that is NOT accurate, pause and ask God to help glean the part that IS accurate so you may change to be more like Jesus. Isn’t that the goal of every genuine believer?
If you are old enough you may remember the Fonz on Happy Days. He used to struggle with saying “I’m wr…wr….wr…wr…wrong.” I used to get a chuckle, and have had many more since then, as we have imitated him. But, truth be told, we struggle just as much to say “you’re r…r…r…right.”
Written by Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and is the Executive Director & CEO of Changed Choices, a Christian non-profit in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Think About This: “Jesus calls us to his rest, and meekness is His method. The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort.” ―