April 9, 2013
Proverbs 9:8 Do not reprove a scoffer or he will hate you; reprove a wise mas, and he will love you
The definition of reprove is this, “to scold or correct gently or with kindly intent.” Even if someone has only a very little knowledge of God’s word; the one thing that they are sure to quote is that God’s word says, “Don’t judge.” Even if that person very rarely darkens the door of a church they are likely to be able to quote that verse. While those are the words used in that famous verse, the intent behind them are so much more that, to simply not judge. Of course the world doesn’t want judged; it’s hard to do what you want and get away with it guilt free if someone is pointing out your sin. This blog post isn’t about the “not judging verse”, really, it’s about Proverbs 9:8 which tells us that wise men accept reproof. Well, I’m curious, how are the wise to receive reproof unless someone equally wise and loving judges an area of their life that needs reproving. Believers should understand and accept that there are areas of their lives they will struggle with sin. Sometimes we know those areas of sin and sometimes we may be blind to it. The true Child of God should be thankful for equally godly people who are loving enough and willing enough to point out those areas to us.