Do you ever think about your character traits? Are you honest or dishonest, trustworthy or deceitful, giving or selfish, available or absent? Are you teachable or do you know everything? The reason I ask is because today’s Proverb gives us some character traits of the wise.
8 So don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you.
But correct the wise, and they will love you.
9 Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser.
Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.
The wise posses a character trait to learn. To be teachable. They lose their pride and take in the instructions of those around them. The wise person will love you for a genuine correction or rebuke. Give them instruction and they become all the more wiser.
I don’t know where she got this, but my wife says a lot, “There is no one you cannot learn something from.” It may not be an exactly quote but what she means is every person, situation or circumstance allows us the option to learn from it. Having a teachable attitude allows us to go further in life. This same chapter of Proverbs, in verse 11, actually says, “Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life.”
If you are searching for a way to grow your character, let me suggest a couple of books that I love. I’ve read both and absolutely love them. Both have helped me look into my life, and find things I did not like. But not only that, there are exercises, things you can do to grow your own life.
So, are you like the wise? Do you possess a learning attitude?