Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Proverbs 9

Prov 9 v 8:  Do not reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

There are 2 scenarios here:

  1. Rebuking someone
  2. Being rebuked by someone
What I take from scenario 1 is that you have to think about who you are wanting to have 'a word' with.  Is it someone who just sees critism or someone who thinks they're right all the time?  Don't bother!  You are wasting your breath!  If you really feel that you have to say or do something, then first seek God in prayer, or better still, just pray for them.

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.

What do you think? 
I'll take your words to heart maturely I promise! (gulp)

God bless


  1. You're up early!
    I feel it totally depends on who's rebuking me.That needs to come out of love and relationship, not just some arb person who feels they have the right to tell me off.

  2. First I have to tell you that baby picture is great!! Sooo cute!! On Rebuking. For me I must love and trust them, and know they love me, to accept rebuking gracefully. Depending on the subject it might still be tough. Hard subject!
    Blessings to you Tracy



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