From Proverbs 27-29
When someone corrects you, how do you respond? How should you?
This post is part of my bible in a year series.
Passage and Comments
Its difficult accepting a correction. We all want to be right. Its humbling being corrected, but its happens to all of us at some point. Here’s a selection of proverbs saying something about correction.
5 Better is open rebuke
than hidden love.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend;
profuse are the kisses of an enemy. (Pr 27:5–6)
Friends are people you trust. They care for you and this is something to remember when they correct you. The verse still uses the word ‘wounds’ which indicates the correction still painful. But, were better for it. Enemies however, only tell you what you want to hear to gain your favour. In the end they don’t care enough to correct you when you need it.
23 Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor
than he who flatters with his tongue. (Pr 28:23)
Very similar in some respects to the above. Perhaps this one serves as an incentive for rebuking people in the first place. But also recognition of the maturity of the one who is rebuked. It all depends on the way the person is rebuked and the motive.
29 He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,
will suddenly be broken beyond healing. (Pr 29.1)
This serves as a warning. Keep resisting rebukes and in the end you will suffer for it.
17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest;
he will give delight to your heart. (Pr 29:17)
Parents need to take heed of this one.
Story of Jesus
Jesus rebuked many people. Some listened to his instruction, others didn’t. Jesus is someone who cares for you and you can trust him. Based on these passages today I suggest we keep listening to Jesus. For just as any father disciplines his children, so does Jesus who looks after those who follow him.
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