Wednesday, March 9, 2011

March 9th – Proverbs 9: A Love/Hate Relationship

“Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you.” – Proverbs 9:8

How you respond to correction, instruction and rebuke reveals what kind of person you actually are. If you love and cherish correction (and the people who bring it), you may be wise or at least on the road to being wise. If you detest correction (and the people who bring it) you are well on your way to being a mocker, if not a full blown idiot.

Getting mad and hating someone for bringing a rebuke in no way belittles them, it just reveals your (lack of) character. Oh, how I have heard mockers rage at the person that dared correct them! At least when someone corrects or adjusts you they are being truthful to the way they see things. Right, wrong or indifferent, they had the conviction to stand for something they believe. You on the other hand have no right to get bent when someone corrects or adjusts you. If they were wrong, analyze and move on. If they were right, analyze and adjust, it’s that simple!

I have long seen that wise people not only respond well to rebuke and correction, but they actually look for it! A fool announces his great plans to everyone around him, while a wise man will ask for counsel and advice before he ever emotionally commits to the decision. That’s important. Some people will have already emotionally made their decision, be completely married to one course of action and then “ask” for advice, with no intention of actually following anything other than what they have already decided.

You get no points for that, sorry.

So think about it for a moment, who do you love? Who do you hate? Does it have something to do with what they have said to you? If you only love those who have never confronted you and hate those that have, you might be a mocker.


Who you love/hate says everything about YOU.

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