"A man who hardens his neck after much reproof will suddenly be broken beyond remedy." (Proverbs 29:1)
Scientists claim man descended from apes, but if humans descended from any mammal, I think it would be a mule. We balk, we bite, and we don't listen to reason. Stubbornness isn't exactly bad and neither is a frying pan, unless it happens to land on your foot. Apply stubbornness to the wrong thing and you're liable to wish that frying pan had broken your toe instead. The whole human problem starts with stubbornness—refusing to repent, hanging on to sin, and holding on to our own self-righteousness.
The worst kind of stubbornness is that which won't bend. "When troubles come it is of no use to fly in the face of God by hard thoughts of providence: that is kicking against the pricks and hurting your feet. The trees bow in the wind, and so must we. Every time the sheep bleats it loses a mouthful, and every time we complain, we miss a blessing."* Criticisms, rebukes, and corrections may sting our ears but they help the inflammation go down on pride. However, we shouldn't take everything people say seriously or we'd live our lives in tears. Rather, we should sift people's remarks through our conscience.
But if God reproved you, beware. His words are always true; they may be hurtful but they are not harmful unless you make them so. God's discipline is an expression of His love, so if you reject His reproof you are rejecting His love. He who ignores the danger signs and places his hand on the high-voltage box is likely to get fried.
*C.H. Spurgeon, The Complete John Ploughman: Combined Edition of John Ploughman's Talk and John Ploughman's Pictures (Christian Focus Publications, 2007), 41.
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