“Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise.” (Proverbs 13:10, NLT)
Taking advice — particularly when it differs from our preferred course of action — is difficult. However, we can recall times when we did take hard advice to heart, and it saved us much trouble and conflict.
The hardest advice to swallow is “unsolicited advice.” In such cases, consider the heart of the source. Someone who has your best interests at heart will not only give you their best advice, but will stand with you in their counsel.
Don’t let pride get in the way of a saving word. – Luther
“People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray.” (Proverbs 10:17, NLT)
We, who have lived more than half of our allotted years, are at heightened risk of “going astray” in two basic ways: (1) Because we’ve “seen it all,” we are less open to a corrective word from someone else, especially if they are younger or less experienced than we; and (2) people who can help may be put-off when we don’t appear approachable or teachable.
Truth is truth, whether from the lips of an angel or from the mouth of a jackass (that is, the jackass of Numbers 22); and help is help, whether from a brother or from a stranger.
Work at being open to God’s discipline and His words of correction. The Lord uses many personalities, agents, and circumstances to guide His people in the way that leads to life! – Luther