No one likes to be told off, but we would all be juvenile delinquents if we were never disciplined or corrected. Your parents discipline you because they love you and want what's best for you (even though they don't get it right 100% of the time). Proverbs 3:11-12 says, don’t reject the Lord’s discipline, and don’t be angry when he corrects you. The Lord corrects the one he loves, just as a father corrects a child he cares about. God disciplines us because he loves us even more than our parents.
In my experience God often uses the Holy Spirit to convict us of our sins. He prompts our spirit of things we need to change, he uses the Bible to convict us, and sometimes he uses other people to speak into our lives. What is God telling you to start or stop? Is he telling you to do more or do less of something? How did he tell you?
Proverbs 3:5-6 says,
Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
Never rely on what you think you know.
Remember the Lord in everything you do,
and he will show you the right way.
I love these verses - they have really encouraged me throughout my life. Here are some things that really speak to me from this passage:
Proverbs 3:1-2 says,
My child, do not forget my teaching.
Keep my commands in mind.
Then you will live a long time.
And your life will be successful (ICB).
The NIV Bible says that it will bring you peace and prosperity. I don't know about you, but I want that kind of life. So how do you not forget God's teaching? When you have a test or exam you might revise the content and practice over and over again, memorise important definitions and formulas and put important information on your pin up board or somewhere you will see it. You don't just read the text book once and hope that it sticks. It's the same when you study and memorise the Bible. You can:
Proverbs 1:1-4 says, These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.
Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline,
to help them understand the insights of the wise.
Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives,
to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
These proverbs will give insight to the simple,
knowledge and discernment to the young.
Verse one tells us that Solomon, the son of King David, is one of the authors of the book of Proverbs. The word for proverbs in the ancient Hebrew means sentences of ethical wisdom. Barnes' Notes on the Bible describes the book of Proverbs as an ethical guidebook for the young.*
The ancient Hebrew word for wisdom means the ability or skill to do something well. Biblical wisdom is the ability to do life well.
Proverbs 1:1-4 tells us that the purpose of the book of Proverbs is to:
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.