Proverbs & Rebukes: Whom Should You Rebuke? (Part 2)
December 6, 2019
December 6, 2019
The wise can handle a rebuke; they recognize the potential value in receiving a life-giving rebuke. The inexperienced can greatly benefit too.
Rebuke an Inexperienced Person
Proverbs 21:11, When a mocker is punished, the inexperienced become wiser; when one teaches a wise man, he acquires knowledge.
Proverbs 19:20, Listen to counsel and receive instruction so that you may be wise later in life.
51 years ago, a nine-year-old boy rode his bike to the local convenience store, Victory’s Bi-Rite on Sunset Avenue in Murfreesboro, TN. That boy took his hard-earned cash from selling flower seeds door to door and bought a candy bar. It has been reported that he bought a PayDay candy bar, but these reports cannot be confirmed. The little boy headed home on his bike. He stopped at the four way stop of Peachtree and Graybar and casually tossed the candy bar wrapper on the ground.
Suddenly a loud, adult, male voice startled him, “What do you think you’re doing, young man? You pick that wrapper up right now and do not ever do that again! Why should I have to pick up your trash out of my yard?” The little boy quickly picked up the wrapper and sped on home. He really had not thought much about throwing that candy wrapper on the ground, but he certainly was thinking about it now!
I was that little boy. And to this day, I can say, I do not believe I have ever littered even one little candy bar wrapper since then!
Now that was a good rebuke.
I was certainly inexperienced and young. I needed that rebuke. Parents, your children need some rebukes. You have a responsibility to rebuke your children in a godly way when they need it.
Kevin is a Pastor at Blackman Baptist Church.