Teachable Spirit

Proverbs 17:10 (NLT)
10 A single rebuke does more for a person of understanding than a hundred lashes on the back of a fool.

Teachable Spirit … Teachable people, however you want to say it, is that you? I went to see Marylin yesterday (Our marriage counselor, we see her occasionally for tune-ups, we have been seeing her for eight years) you always hate to hear “how many times do I have to tell you this before you get it?” The sad thing is …… I do get it. What does it say in James?
4.17 Therefore,
to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
There are men in my life who speak into me, that have said certain things to me concerning my children and I agree with them. I say things like “I know I know” “your right I need to do that” Here lies the rub. I still think that what I know is better than what is being told to me. Do you ever agree with someone about your life or actions and then not do it? You agree just so they will shut up? I was reading this morning about Teachable people. Here is what it says.

You can tell him the same thing over and over again, but you will get the sane response every time.”

How do you know you’re teachable? Below are five good clues.

  1. You know you are teachable when people give you input.
    When you are not teachable, people don’t generally risk telling you stuff. Why should they? If you react abrasively any time someone instructs you or corrects you. Don’t expect to get any input from others.
  2. You know you are teachable when you see measurable growth and character development in your life.
    When good things start to happen in your life, you know you are doing something valuable with the info that you are getting. You know you are teachable when others advice produces tangible results in you.
  3. You know you are teachable when you don’t have to answer back to your critic with a defense. Example: finding yourself in a situation where you are speaking into someone, giving people input about a specific situation in their life. Something difficult that they have been struggling with and they receive it with an open heart. They just listen. The problem is when you do this and the person says “Now, hold it right there, you just hang on for a second. You don’t understand ……….’ I really dread those conversations, People who are receptive to God’s transforming truth are the ones who flourish in life
  4. You know you are teachable when you don’t have to return the favor.
    The classic symptom of an unteachable spirit is after listening to someone’s honest, loving counsel, you say, “Fine now let me tell you something.” You got an unteachable spirit on your hands when he can’t humbly receive your words and say “Thank you for telling me.”
  5. You know you’re teachable when over time you hear something different for a change.
    If people have been telling you the same stuff for years but still see the need to remind you about it again, you’re not teachable. You should be over that by now and on to the next lesson.


Wisdom is not something we know; it is something we do. Only when we allow God to give us teachable hearts will he show us what we need to know in order to change what we need to do. The biggest fool of all is the person who knows from God what to do and who won’t do it. That person is not teachable.


Kevin says, “Maybe you are just flat walking in rebellion and what is rebellion? Disobedience and what is disobedience? Sin!” nasty stuff here.



How have you experienced one (or more) of these test statements in the last few weeks? If you read this and didn’t once ask yourself, “Am I like that?” You may be in trouble. Take these questions before the Lord and say “Lord, show me— teach me.” Teachabilty means you are open to changing what the Lord reveals to you.

That was a lot of typing

Thanks for reading


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