“A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool.” (KJV)
“A rebuke impresses a discerning person, more than a hundred lashes a fool.” (NIV)
Have you ever been at work an been told you had been doing something wrong?
How did you take the news?
Did you seek advice? Did you make the necessary change? Did you examine possible ways to not let it happen again?
That would be the wise thing to do.
Or did you keep doing the same thing until you had to be reprimanded or even fired? Was the only thing that could make you listen the threat of losing pay or your job?
If you have heard a word from God (a friend telling you something is not good for you or bad, hearing a special sermon that spoke to you, reading your Bible, etcetera), how did you take the news?
Did you seek advice from others? Did you make the necessary change? Did you examine your life to find ways to not let it happen again?
That is the wise thing to do.
Or did you decide to keep doing your own thing and wait for the consequences?
Are you looking for peace in your life, or are you living within the violence of sin?
Did you whip your life into shape, or are you allowing the devil’s whip to continue weakening your soul?
Merciful God, grant us the wisdom to heed the warnings we receive in life or from You. Help us to change from a love of violence to a love of peace and understanding.