Proverbs 9:8 Wise And Foolish Rebukes

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Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you. Proverbs 9:8 

Rebuke is standing on a position and pointing out that someone else is doing something wrong. It is pointing out a fault in another person with the goal to help them become better.

Bosses will rebuke an employee in the workplace in order to get him to perform better or to make needed changes in his work habits. It is common to hear of a child being rebuked for doing something wrong or making a bad choice.

The challenge for most people is how they see a rebuke. Most people see it is as someone putting them down and telling them that they are wrong. They do not see it as a path to growth or change for the better.

Solomon gives warning to not rebuke those who are mockers, because they will not take it well. Those who are wise will accept it and grow from it.

Mockers are those who will scoff at the idea of living a righteous and holy life. They do not want to be told what to do or how to do it. When someone points out some needed change, they will fight it.

The wise person will hear a rebuke out and grow from it. He will take time to find out what is right and strive to do what is right. The wise want to grow, rather than keep making the wrong choices.

There are some in the church who get very angry when they are rebuked for a sin in their life. They are quick to point out about love and grace, refusing to accept that they must change.

Others will embrace the rebuke and see it as a challenge to become more like Jesus, rather than take offense to it.

Throughout your life there will be times when someone may rebuke you. Before you take offense to it, stop and think about what was said. Is it true? Then embrace it and change. If it is false, ignore it and move on.

Do not be angry at a rebuke, but see it as a chance for growth. God loves you, but will rebuke when you are making poor choices or stray from the path. God can and will use people to rebuke you and bring you on to His path for your life.

Be wise and grow, instead of offended and die.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to wise rebukes; that you will strive to live for God at all times; that God will give you strength to continue to grow in Jesus; and that God will give you wisdom in rebuking others. 

Luke 9:54-55 No Time For Condemnation

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When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them. Luke 9:54-55

Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem and He had sent some disciples ahead into a Samaritan village to get it ready for Him. After the people rejected Him, James and John wanted to destroy the people. Jesus rebuked John and James for wanting to do that.

People are very quick to judge and want to destroy other people. This is very true when the other people do not act or think in the same way. This explains why there are so many different wars and battles going on around the world. People do not agree, so they choose to fight.

Just as John and James were quick to want to destroy the people, so are many believers. Sometimes they are quick to want to destroy another believer, but it is very common for them to want to destroy non-believers.

The world will act a certain way or promote a sinful action because that is who they are. Many believers are very quick to condemn them and want God to destroy them. This has been seen with abortion clinic doctors or terrorists.

Jesus said that the world would reject believers because it rejected Him. Jesus did not go out and start condemning the world because they rejected Him. He still showed love and compassion.

Condemning someone who is doing what they do because of who they are is not showing love. It is not giving the person a chance to change. If Jesus would have destroyed that village, the people would never have had another chance to believe in Him.

Believers can condemn the action, but must be careful not to condemn the person. That is the job Jesus is to do.

When people are not acting correctly or are working against you, know that you are going through what Jesus had gone through. You are not above Him. He went through rejection and still loved the people, so will you.

Take time to pray for the person. Be a shining light of who Jesus is and how He would react. Do not be like the world and condemn right away and be willing to have the other person destroyed. Show God’s love and compassion.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that God will give you strength when people reject you; that you will not be quick to condemn others; and that you will show God’s love to all people.

Proverbs 9:7 When Not To Correct Or Rebuke

Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. Proverbs 9:7

It is very common for believers to stand up and rebuke those in the world. Various Christian speakers speak out harshly against those who do not claim to be Christian in any way and are living in sin. Some will get extremely angry with those who are promoting sinful activities and protest them in very harsh ways.

As this is done, the world rises up stronger against the believer and fight. Christians are often then seen as hateful and unloving. Rules are then made to silence those who speak out against sinful acts.

Believers need to look at how Jesus acted when He walked on this earth. He never came out harshly against the unbelievers. Jesus just proclaimed the kingdom of God and His great love. When a person chose to believe in Him, He would then tell them to leave the old ways of sin. The only time Jesus got angry and did rebukes, was when He was talking about those who believed in God, but were not living that way.

Those in the world are sinners, and that is what is sinners do–they sin. Trying to correct or rebuke the wicked or those who do not believe in God, will do nothing but get them angry.

Instead of rebuke and correction, show them God’s love, mercy and grace. Let those in the world see the example of a better life.

Believers should accept all correction and rebuke as possibly coming from God. To hear what God may be trying to tell them on how they should be living their life. That is being wise.

As you go through life, there will be things you see people of this world doing that will make you upset. You may want to rise up and fight back or rebuke them. Take a step back and think about how God treated you before you became a believer. God showed great love to you.

Can you show love to those in the world?

Don’t just rebuke those that do not know to do any better, give them an example of how to live. Show them what true living is by showing them what true love is. There is a time and place for correction and rebuke, make sure it is in God’s time and way.

I pray today that you will allow God to guide you; that you will be filled with God’s love and mercy; that you will show God’s love to this world; and that you will be an example of how to live for God to this world.

1 Kings 13:21 Defying God’s Word

He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, “This is what the LORD says: ‘You have defied the word of the LORD and have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you.’ 1 Kings 13:21

An unnamed man of God was sent by God to King Jeroboam to prophesy against him. After he prophesied he was to head back home, not eating anything or anyone in that area. The king tried to get him to eat a meal with him, but he refused. As the man of God was going down the road, a prophet came to him and asked him to eat a meal with him. At first he refused, but then went with him. The prophet then rebuked him for defying God’s word and later died on the road.

In the workplace, managers often give very specific directions to the worker. There are times when the directions given do not always make complete sense, though the directions are very clear. Some workers will then defy the directions and proceed to do the work their own way, rather than follow the directions. When this happens there can be a rebuke about it or even getting fired for not doing the job correctly by following all the directions.

God works in the same way. There are times that He gives very specific directions to a person. These directions do not always make sense, such as the man of God being told not to eat in that place at all with anyone. God does not always give a reason, but the directions must still be followed. His ways and wisdom is above any person’s in this world.

God may have spoken a specific word to you directly or through someone else. You may have heard Him speak through a book, or a sermon, or even a song to you. When you hear those words, you must be willing to follow them completely.

Do not defy any of God’s commands. There is a reason for God to give you those directions. Allow God to use you in a mighty way by following His plan, not yours or this world’s plan. Don’t make God have to rebuke you for defying His word.

Are you following God’s plan?

Or are you defying God’s word to you?

I pray today that you will hear God’s word He is speaking to you; that God will give clear directions to you; that you will follow all of God’s directions to you; and that you will not defy His word.