Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge,
But he who hates correction is stupid. –Proverbs 12:1
One of the central callings of every disciple of Christ is to learn. We’re not only to keep learning things, but to love and welcome instruction from others. The second half of this proverb points out the negative consequence of not doing so. The person who hates correction is not necessarily lacking in intelligence, but having rejected the input and wisdom of others, he is morally dumb. When Jesus says that to those who have more will be given, and from those who lack even what they have will be taken away, one way this is accomplished is by a person’s own desires. The humble are willing to be corrected because they love knowledge (and gather it in heaps), but the proud are clueless and proud of that, too.