Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. -Proverbs 9:8-9, KJV
I taught 7th Grade mathematics last year. There were a handful of students who, whenever corrected or disciplined, would lash out. One in particular said he hated me. Who was I to tell him how to live his life?
Most of the students in the class reacted negatively to correction, to be honest, but a few (and eventually more) saw the benefits of following through with the correction. Somehow, I became the favorite teacher of many students.
Now look at the yourself and even others in the Church. When presented with biblical truth about sin, what is the response?
If your reaction is to lash out, deny, or get angry, ask yourself, Why? If it is not true, why get upset?
Fighting a correction can cost more than listening, such as hurt/broken relationships and/or wasted time.
The wise person wants to change, for the goal is to be Christ-like, perfect as God is perfect. You may even find you love that person more for helping you grow closer to Christ.
That is not possible if we continue in sin.
Refusing to even acknowledge the need for correction could imply you are heading the opposite direction, and you come to hate those who offered the correction.
May 30th, 2018 at 10:19 pm
I appreciate you, brother. I’ve been so grateful to see how you’ve taken up the mantle and contributed more than your fair share. It’s just been a rough time for me, both emotionally and spiritually, so I’ve not been able to write much. But don’t get me wrong, God is good and faithful and His Word is true.
May 30th, 2018 at 11:32 pm
Extra prayers tonight and tomorrow!
I have been blessed with the time lately, so it has been my pleasure.
On the other end of the spectrum, I was just asked to be the founding youth pastor for a small church! I start in August.
May 31st, 2018 at 10:44 am
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