Seeking rebuke?

Being corrected is not always the easiest thing. When someone comes to correct us, even in love, we may be tempted to be offended. Being offended at correction, especially unasked for correction, is a wrong attitude. God tells us that wise men receive correction.

Proverbs 9:8-9 says, "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." This passage tells us who to give advice to, but we can gather much more from these verses. In these verses we see both the wise and the foolish reactions to instruction. A wise man will take instruction and learn from it. A scorner will reject wise counsel.

I would invite you to search yourself. Do you receive correction easily? Are you willing to humble yourself and consider the advice of others? If not, ask God to give you the humility to accept the correction of others. Also, ask Him to give you the discretion to know whose advice is worthy of following, and whose advice you should discard. We can learn much from those around us, but only if we listen. Will you allow God to correct you through those around you?

"A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels." – Proverbs 1:5

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2 thoughts on “Seeking rebuke?

  1. I was talking about this very topic yesterday with a sister in Christ. Though we do need to discern whether the criticism is true and not just from “the accuser of the brethren,” it is so important that we do not get easily offended when we receive truth about ourselves. Too often we in the body of Christ, spend time defending ourselves instead of receiving correction and growing as the Lord would want us to. Thanks for the reminder to all of us!

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