Posted on August 28, 2023 by Elizabeth Welte in Victory Call
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?
Our first, fleshly reaction is to defend ourselves. Our pride is hurt. 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… we tend to deflect, blame shift, argue and sulk (or maybe that’s just me).
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 to embrace 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, in fact probably is not. Instead of overreacting to the part that is NOT accurate (which we are prone to do) let’s listen and ask God to help us glean the part that IS accurate so we 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.” It used to get a chuckle and many more since then as we imitated him. But, truth be told, we struggle just as much to say “you’re r…r…r…right.”
Throughout the years – God has provided me several opportunities to practice my own message – though I chose to say, “You’re right”, my heart still wanted to say “You’re wrong”—just keeping it real. By God’s grace, I’m a work in progress.
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.
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.” – Hebrews 8:1-2