Correction Is Grievous

James W. Adams

“Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way…. “ (Proverbs 15: 10). Few people are able to accept correction graciously. Our first inclination is always to justify self. This, no doubt, accounts for the bad spirit which is so manifest in brethren who have “forsaken the way” of the Lord when one attempts to correct them. The individual who is completely confident as to the truth of his position is assailed. He knows that the truth will vindicate his stand; hence, there is no necessity for violent emotional reactions. When men react violently and angrily to an expression of a belief opposite to their own, it is reasonably certain that they have “forsaken the way.”