We speak of hard and soft water meaning its degree of mineral content. Or hard and soft wood meaning its density and workability. There are also hard and soft people. We could think about personalities and how easy they are to get along with – or not. But I’m thinking more of teachability. Some have preconceived ideas so ingrained that they are unable to hear any truth to the contrary. This was Jesus’ problem with the Pharisees in general, but His words did touch something in the hearts of a few that rang true and changed them. I think there is a difference between conviction and teachability. One does need a framework for determining what is true for their life, a framework that cannot be yielded. My framework is Holy Scripture and the Holy Spirit. Both the written and the spoken word. The receptor for that truth is not just the intellect, but the heart. We are spiritual beings created in the image of God. We are to communicate Spirit to spirit, even as the two men on the road to Emmas hearing the risen Lord Jesus speak. “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”(Luke 24:32) We are called to meditate on God’s Word and allow the Holy Spirit to bring the truth of that word into our life. That is teachability.