Butler County Times Gazette
  • Michael Harmon: Take instruction

  • It is one thing to receive advice, but it is another to take the advice and learn from it.
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  • Instruction is better than gold. You have heard, “You can’t tell him anything,” which is a sad commentary on a poor soul who is in need of help.
    So, what can be said for taking instruction?
    First, get advice. But make sure it is good advice! Solomon writes, “Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser.” (Proverbs 9:9).
    It is one thing to receive advice, but it is another to take the advice and learn from it.
    Second, remember ignorance in itself is not the sin. Why? Because we are all ignorant of something. There is not a person today who knows it all. The sin, however, is remaining ignorant. Therefore, we all must keep growing, learning, and becoming stronger every day.
    “Understanding is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the discipline of fools is folly.” (Proverbs 16:22).
    Finally, fill you mind with the things that will help you in this life, and in the life hereafter. The Bible is the greatest instruction book ever written! The solutions to life’s problems can be found in the Bible.
    “Take my instruction and not silver and knowledge, rather than choicest gold.” (Proverbs 8:10).
    Benjamin Franklin once said, “They that will not be counseled cannot be helped.”
     
    Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ. michael@augcoc.kscoxmail.com
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