Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Pro 9:7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. 8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
Throw a pearl to someone with their head screwed on straight and you get appreciation, even if that pearl is a bit of wisdom given to help someone who has made a mistake.
Throw that same pearl to some overgrown sow with tusks and she'll have absolutely no idea of its value, but she will try to chase you down and rip your leg open. Interesting, the word "scorner" means to make faces, especially with the mouth. Hmmm
Jesus said that! Here Solomon is trying to teach us the same thing.
In short, you can try to correct a wicked person, but all you will get is scorn. If you do the same to the godly person who has made a mistake, they may gladly accept the reprove, learn from it and become a better person.
The able minister has this charge: 2 Tim 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
If you possess wisdom from God and you know of someone in need of, and will benefit from reproof, seek God's leadership in approaching that person in humility. Otherwise, let God deal with them.