Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish (Prov 12:1)~~ To grow in knowledge, we must admit ignorance or error. For either we did not know the truth about a subject, or we held a false position on that topic. We may even have taught others wrongly, and we will have to admit we taught them an error. Only noble souls can admit ignorance or error, for many will protect their reputation at any cost. To grow in knowledge, someone must teach us. We must submit our mind and will to them. We must admit their superiority in knowledge. We must admit our inferiority. This requires humility, which many people do not have. Only noble souls can willingly submit and be taught by another person. In order to love knowledge, we must love to be taught by others. To grow in knowledge, we must change. Progress requires change, but change is humbling and difficult. Change means letting others see we were lacking or wrong; change means altering long-established habits; change means explaining our new actions to others. Only noble souls can change, for the cost of changing is too great for most people.
The greatest key to progress and success, in any area of our life, is our appreciation and acceptance of instruction and reproof. Jesus Christ has much to teach us to make us perfect. And it will only happen if we are ready to receive instruction, and if we appreciate reproof. If we are humbly eager to be taught of Him, He will send teachers to increase our knowledge. Do you love to be taught? Are you okay with being corrected? Can you take being told when you are wrong? Do you appreciate those who tell you how it ought to be done? Are you thankful for reminders to change? Wise and noble hearts will strongly answer, “Yes!”.