Read Proverbs 9
Consider Verse 8
“Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.”
1) Rebuke As A Mark Of Identification
Obviously a rebuke or a reprimand is not pleasant to receive. Though it can be prove to be profitable, initially it is painful.
People react two ways to being rebuked.
A Scorner is a person who mocks reproof or correction. They love to give it (and excessively they do) but respond hatefully and hostilely when they receive it.
A Wise person is one who is open and receptive to correction when it is given with the right spirit knowing that it is a way to become better and wiser.
The difference in response reveals ones heart and character.
One hates the message and is hostile to the messenger, the other appreciates and loves both.
2) Rebuke As A Means of Instigation –
“Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee”
Debating or arguing with scorners is foolish and futile. It only instigates unholy behavior. Matt 7:6
We are warned to avoid confronting and challenging those who are prone to being combative and contentious lest we provoke “the proverbial bear” and create unnecessary strife for ourselves.
In addition we should correct any tendency in our life that would be reflective of being scornful or resistant to corrective truth, from the Lord or others, that can improve our lives and testimony.
Have a Blessed And God Conscious Day!