There are 2 scenarios here:
- Rebuking someone
- Being rebuked by someone
If the person you feel you need to speak to is a wise person, a person who has a teachable spirit, then after praying, speak your mind. Do it in love and with grace.
Then scenario 2: Which person am I when receiving a rebuke? Teachable and striving to be wise? Willing to listen and consider someone's words? Or am I the know-it-all who doesn't need any advice/critism, thank you very much!
I think my reaction depends on who is rebuking me. That is not right! My reaction should be the same no matter who is have 'a word' with me. I should be wise and mature enough in the Lord to filter out the rubbish (somebody just criticizing me) from the truth (someone genuinely concerned about me in whatever way). I'm not there yet but plodding along tentatively.
I'll take your words to heart maturely I promise! (gulp)