“He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. 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.”
The amount of wisdom we possess is usually displayed within our reactions. What a convicting thought!
Sometimes the Lord sends someone to rebuke or instruct us in the way we should go. Remember Nathan?
2 Samuel 12:1,7
“And the LORD sent Nathan unto David…And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man…”
Nathan held nothing back, and carried out what the Lord had led him to do. David needed to be reminded that God sees everything we do. Notice his reaction to Nathan’s rebuking.
2 Samuel 12:13
“And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD.”
Place yourself in David’s shoes. How do you react to reprove or rebuke? Although every rebuking may not be of the Lord’s doing, we must first consider if there is something for us to learn before we react incorrectly. Would people know that we fear the Lord by the way we react to them?
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
Where there is no fear of Him, there is no wisdom. Only when we acknowledge the holiness of God with reverence and godly fear can we begin to understand Him.
Consider having wise reactions today.
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