Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.
This tells me first, that correction comes through instruction or knowledge, and secondly that discipline and correction support each other. The more correction achieved, the more and the easier discipline (self-control and orderly conduct) is obtained and maintained. The more discipline that is achieved, the more and more easily correction is facilitated and maintained. Also, as we gain in obtaining and maintaining correction and discipline, we begin to see the benefits of instruction and knowledge, and the more desire we begin to have to seek them and apply this principle in every area of our lives. Example: If it works to achieve sobriety, weight loss, overcome depression, debt, etc., it will work in getting you through anything else you’re trying to master-anxiety, laziness, anger, swearing, etc.
We can seek knowledge of or about those things and instruction on how to deal with them; then implement discipline and correction in applying that knowledge and instruction to overcome them. It starts within and manifests outwardly. The Bible tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
We have to be alert, vigilant, and ready to catch ourselves when we begin to slip back and ready to correct any attitude, thought, etc. that would hinder our progress and/or pull us back down once we’ve achieved the victory over them. Galatians 3:3&4 addresses continued vigilance of thought and attitudes. This is where it starts: “One time won’t hurt”, “I can always…” 2 Corinthians 10: 3-4 tells us that we need to be ready to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ and be ready to punish (correct) them. Galatians 5:1 tells us to stand fast in the liberty with which Christ made us free…We have to stand fast in the truth or correct knowledge of and instruction about whatever the situation is we’re dealing with.
If, when we become aware of the need to correct some attitude, thoughts, behaviors, or to change a situation, we do nothing, we are being stupid. This is also called denial. That’s the same as realizing that your shoe is untied, but not stopping to tie it. You leave yourself vulnerable to tripping over your shoelaces and taking a nasty fall in which you could get badly hurt. Some falls can be fatal.
There are many reasons for denial, most of which are based in fear. When we accept the truth about our situation, our attitude or thoughts, then we have to do something about it. We have to take responsibility. Change can be very scary. It can bring with it things like rejection, loss, uncertainty, and failure…and yet one more failure. Of course, all of these things bring discomfort and even pain; and who wants to be in pain, right?
When we don’t do anything to correct ourselves or our situation, we begin in effect, to suffer from a festering wound. The attitudes or the situation becomes an infected and infectious wound that needs to be treated with the proper medicine to stop the infection and allow the wound to heal; restoring the flesh back to health. Denial is like refusing to go to a doctor who can help us when we’re wounded or sick; and choosing to suffer instead. As with any wound and infection, they can become life threatening because they spread and eventually take over your body. Likewise, uncorrected attitudes, thoughts, situations can do the same thing to our lives. They can destroy dreams, homes, families, careers, and literally even destroy us emotionally, mentally, and physically. That’s why seeking and receiving or accepting truth in our attitudes, thoughts, actions, situations is so important.