Proverbs & Rebukes: Whom Should You Rebuke? (Part 1)
November 29, 2019
November 29, 2019
There are some people who are ready for a rebuke; they need it, and they can handle it. Feel free to righteously rebuke these folk. Good will come of it.
Rebuke a Wise Person
Proverbs 9:8, Don’t rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you; rebuke the wise, and he will love you.
Proverbs 15:31-32, One who listens to life-giving rebukes will be at home among the wise. Anyone who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever listens to correction acquires good sense.
If you listen to life-giving rebukes, you will comfortable among the wise. If you ignore discipline and correction, you actually don’t even love yourself! The words in that verse that stand out to me the most are, “one who listens to life-giving rebukes”. There are some rebukes that are life-giving or life-changing. If you are willing to listen to a life-giving rebuke, it may not be easy or pain-free, but you will be right at home with wise people.
In the book, God’s Generals, D. L. Moody, the Greatest Layman, D.L. Moody is quoted as saying, “I remember once when I was first converted I spoke in a Sabbath school, and there seemed to be a great deal of interest, and quite a number rose for prayer, and I remember I went out quite rejoiced. But an old man followed me out. I have never seen him since. I never had seen him before, and don’t even know his name — but he caught hold of my hand and gave me a little bit of advice. I didn’t know what he meant at the time, but he said: ‘Young man, when you speak again, honor the Holy Ghost.’
I was hastening off to another church to speak, and all the way over it kept ringing in my ears —’Honor the Holy Ghost.’ And I said to myself ‘I wonder what the old man means.’ I have found out since what he meant. And I think that all that have been to work in the vineyard of the Lord have learnt that lesson that, if we honor Him in our efforts to do good, He will honor us and work through us; but if we don’t honor Him, we will surely break down. The only work that is going to stand to eternity is the work done by the Holy Ghost, and not by any one of us.”
He took that rebuke and learned from it, and that rebuke can teach us today.
The Bible is full of stories of rebuke. Early in his life, David is rebuked by a lady, Abigail. She stopped David from doing a disservice to his own leadership: killing a man he had no business killing. I think of David and the prophet Nathan. He rebuked David to his face and told him, “Thou art the man.” David immediately agreed.
If you’re going to rebuke anyone, rebuke a wise man.
Who have you rebuked recently?
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.