Proverbs 25:12

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Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold
is the rebuke of a wise judge to a listening ear. - Proverbs 25:12

Dear Lord,

Thank you for this simple passage that reminds me that you want me to have a listening ear and an open heart to the wise rebukes of those have been bold enough to correct me when I was straying.  Since I know that I am already forgiven and secure in your family, I can accept correction without worrying that it means I am being rejected. It can be so hard to discern the difference between my will and yours.  I'm learning to depend on the observation and evaluation of others.  Give me the wisdom and humility to welcome advice even when it comes to me unsolicited.  


Pastor Don Patterson

The hard bump from family and godly friends is usually in God's direction.