Let a righteous man strike me–that is kindness; let him rebuke me–that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers. Psalm 141:5
Very few people like to be criticized or rebuked. Most do not like to be told that they are doing something wrong.
When a person is told that he is doing something wrong, usually he will rise up in defense of himself and fight back. People will go to extreme lengths to justify what they said or did in order to look good. No one wants to look bad or be cut down.
This type of problem even occurs inside the church. Over the years many people have left a church because of a rebuke the pastor or someone else in the church has made. They do not like the rebuke and refuse to stand there and listen to it, so they leave.
David would not run away from a rebuke, especially if it came from a righteous person. At one point some men were cursing David and his men wanted to kill them. David said not to, because maybe God told them to curse him. He accepted the curse.
When a person, who is righteous and living for God, makes a rebuke to you, it can be a good thing. God could be using that person to get your focus back on Him. God will go to extreme measures to bring you closer to Him.
It is easy to allow yourself to slip into some type of sinful habit and not realize the damage it is doing to you and others. When you are in the situation up close, it is difficult to see what is happening. Someone on the outside may be able to see it and should say something.
As a believer, listen to what the other believer has to say. Then seek God about it. If it is true, then seek God’s help to change. If it is not true, ignore it and pray blessings on the other person.
Look at the rebuke from believers as a kind act to attempt to get you closer to God. Do not look at it as an attack on you. God uses others to get your attention.
Do not allow yourself to overcome with sin, because you did not listen to a rebuke from a righteous person.
I pray today that you will hear God speak to you; that God will speak to you through other people; that God will help you know when He is speaking to you through others; and that you will seek to always get closer to God.