Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 20th March 2016
Quarter Theme: The Book of Proverbs: Gems of Wisdom
Topic: Wisdom in Counsel and Correction
Texts: Prov. 12:1; 13:18, 15: 5, 31-32, 19: 18, 20; 20:18
Memory Verse: Proverb 12:1 “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.” (NIV)
Proverb 19:20-23 states “Take good counsel and accept correction – that’s the way to live wisely and well. We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God’s purpose prevails. It’s only human to want to make a buck, but it’s better to be poor than a liar. Fear-of-God is life itself, a full life, and serene – no nasty surprises.” (Message Bible). Wisdom enjoined us to take good counsel and accept correction. Counsel is defined as “advice; opinion or instruction given in directing the judgment or conduct of another”. Correction is also defined as “something that is substituted or proposed for what is wrong or inaccurate; emendation” From these definitions, it is clear that we require good counsel
On the journey of life, there are lots of decisions to take, some are big, and some are small. But the fact remains that whatever decision or path we take in life will determine what we accomplish in this life and beyond. We will get to places where we must decide whether to turn to the right or the left. Some of the decisions can be taken easily, but others may not. At those points when taking a decision is not clear, good counsel is required to avoid making mistake. Proverbs 15:22 “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed” NIV. However, wherever you may receive counsel from, you must evaluate it against the principles of God’s Word. Even if an angel were to speak to you, you must test it against the Bible, for evil often disguises itself as being from God. Therefore all counsel must be weighed in the light of the scriptures ( 2 Timothy 3:16) This is even more important in these last days when as a result of shallowness in the knowledge of the word of God, people are giving in to wrong doctrine and ignorantly pass on wrong counsel. The person to seek counsel from must be a mature Christian and if on secular issues, an expert in his field.
Ultimately, the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer is the best counsellor if we can listen to His still silent voice. John 16:33 “”But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come”
There is wisdom in correction especially when it’s done in love. Not accepting correction is stupidity (Prov. 12:1). Correcting someone has its challenges, but despite this, we must be ready to correct and it is important to have the right motives and objectives for correcting. You must also have all the facts as Proverbs 18:13 states, “He who gives an answer before he hears, it is folly and shame to him.” Also strive to be a godly example and prayerfully present the individual to God before proceeding with the correction.
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
- Discuss the hindrances to effective correction in the church today. How can these hindrances be overcomed?
- Read 1 Kings 12: 6-19. King Rehoboam received two different counsel, do you think he chose the wrong one? Discuss what must have motivated him to make that choice. How can we avoid taking wrong counsel?
- Do you think the church have well trained and available counsellors? What qualities should a counsellor have?
- Discuss the Biblical procedure for correction. Matthew 18: 15-17; Gal 2:11; 1 Timothy 5:1-2