Proverbs teaches us to love instruction, correction, and even chastisement because the end result is greater wisdom with all its benefits.
The word for bear means “to endure, have patience with,” and “listen to with care.” Paul foretold the time when men would not want to hear the truth of God’s word: “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Tim 4:3–-4NIV). Believers should practice bearing, or patience, in these situations:
1. Bear with persecution. “Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure” (1 Cor 4:12); “We proudly tell God’s other churches about your endurance and faithfulness in all the persecutions and hardships you are suffering” (2 Thes 1:4NLT).
2. Bear with each other. “With all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, [bear] with one another in love” (Eph 4:2), especially with another’s mistakes: “Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others” (Col 3:13NLT).
3. “Bear with” or “be open to” exhortations and admonishments from others. A symptom of an immature believer is an unwillingness to accept moral instruction: “I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able” (1 Cor 3:2).
Whether parents like it or not, they must correct their children: “Discipline your children, and they will give you peace of mind and will make your heart glad” (Prov 29:17NLT)
The “word [or message] of exhortation” also appears in Acts 13:15 Are you open to personal application of the Scripture? Be honest with yourself: how much do you want to be instructed to be obedient.
“Lord, my pride is so evident when someone tries to correct me or encourage me to do something You want me to do. Humble me, Lord, to hear Your voice through friends and leaders who care about my spiritual growth.”