A Willingness to Hear

Daily Reform, Day 102

Galatians 2:14 & Proverbs 9:7-9

From the Reformer

No one except Paul had his eyes open. Consequently it was his duty to reprove Peter and his followers for swerving from the truth of the Gospel. It was no easy task for Paul to reprimand Peter. To the honor of Peter it must be said that he took the correction. No doubt, he freely acknowledged his fault.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

Correction comes to us all from time to time. Sometimes it will be gentle and at other times it may seem like a harsh rebuke. The approach Paul took with the severity of correction was not simply how bad the wrong was but who it might affect, how far the wrong might spread.

Another distinction to note is one’s willingness to receive correction. The wise person is not merely able to discern the correctness of the correction but that in it, God speaks despite the reliability of the rebuke or even the attitude of the rebuker. It is the attitude of the one reproved that makes the difference. Sometimes the correction God is making in us is simply a willingness to hear correction.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers

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