Proverbs & Rebukes: How Should You Receive a Rebuke?
December 20, 2019
December 20, 2019
What happens when you get rebuked? How do you handle a rebuke?
What If the Rebuke Is Relevant & Correct?
Psalm 141:5 – Let the righteous one strike me—it is an act of faithful love; let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head; let me not refuse it.
If the rebuke is right, correct, and accurate, then we should receive it because that is what a wise person does.
Proverbs 15:5 – A fool despises his father’s discipline, but a person who accepts correction is sensible.
If the rebuke is deserved, accept it! That’s life-giving instruction.
What If the Rebuke Is Not Deserved?
One day a lady criticized D. L. Moody for his methods of evangelism in attempting to win people to the Lord. Moody’s reply was “I agree with you. I don’t like the way I do it either. Tell me, how do you do it?”
The lady replied, “I don’t do it.”
Moody replied, “Then I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it.”
Proverbs 26:2 – Like a flitting sparrow or a fluttering swallow, an undeserved curse goes nowhere.
If the rebuke is appropriate and deserved, you should accept it and learn from it. If not, you should ignore it and move on.
We’ve seen that sometimes, rebukes are really not intended to help, they are meant to harm. A rebuke meant to harm can be thought of as a curse, especially if the person doesn’t have our best interest at heart. Of course, the ultimate rebuke is even more than a curse; the ultimate rejection of a person is to murder them.
If you can have a person murdered “legally” by having the government execute them, that murderous rebuke is the ultimate rejection.
May I remind you that Jesus was rebuked for us.
May I remind you that Jesus was cursed for us.
May I remind you that Jesus was executed for us.
And what was His response?
Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
Jesus suffered the ultimate rejection for us. But you don’t have to reject Him; He stands, willing and able to forgive you. Have you asked for His forgiveness? Have you placed your faith in the One who suffered, bled and died for you? Or are you still rejecting Him?
If you are a Christian, are you living like you should? Or do you need a timely rebuke?
Source for the D. L. Moody story: James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988) p. 178
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.