Proverbs 23:23 (NCV) Learn the truth and never reject it. Get wisdom, self-control, and understanding.
Learn the truth and never reject it. I don’t know about you, but this seems really hard to do sometimes. When I learn the truth about something, I come to a point of decision. I can choose to accept the truth immediately or I can spend days, weeks, months, sometimes even years wrestling with the truth and try to incorporate it into my daily life. Is anyone else squirming on the hook with me or am I total alone in this? I think what this verse is saying is very simple. Learn the truth and then use the wisdom, self-control and understanding we obtain along the way not reject that truth.
So let’s make this practical. Think about a truth you have been wrestling with for a while. I know for me, it was the issue of being a submissive wife. I struggled in this area for years because it was hard for me to submit when my husband and I were in two completely opposite places spiritually. The reality I faced was that the God’s word is, was, and will always be the truth. I can accept it and be blessed or reject it and hinder my spiritual growth. Just because my husband and I were in two spiritually different places did not mean that I had the option to ignore the truth. As a Godly wife, I still have to submit to my husband as to the Lord (Eph 5:22).
So what is the difficult truth in your life? May I encourage you today to use wisdom, self-control and understanding to embrace it. You will be amazed at the way God draws you closer to Him in the process.
Related scripture: Gal. 5: 22 – 23; 1 Peter 1:13; Titus 2: 2 – 6; Titus 2: 11 – 12