SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 9:8-9 (KJV)
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
I think all of us have been:
- scoffed at (mocked at)
- rebuked (criticized)
- given instruction
Evert been on the receiving end of criticism. It sure can be difficult or at least it is for me. And how does it feel when we think we are right? These verses remind me that a wise man will be okay when rebuked and will become wiser, he will have a teachable spirit because the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
I am glad I am learning about this verse because I can have my feelings hurt like sometimes when I speak up because someone is wrong and my hubby gives me a look. We have one person in particular who is always right no matter what and will not listen to anything when they have their mind made up. Well honest me wants the facts to be right and I’ll jump in. How dumb is that? I know it won’t make a bit of difference so why do I do it? I am hoping after soaking these verses I will keep my mouth shut and I won’t get that look from my hubby that always hurts my feelings. I need to love him for trying to help me become better because he knows I am wasting my time because that person is not going to listen.
The fear of the Lord to me is respect and awe and worship of Him. The more I grow in awe of Him the more I want to know about Him.
APPLICATION: I believe God is saying here that wise people will be open and receptive to constructive criticism. In turn, that person will grow and learn. The scoffer hates correction. I don’t want to be that scoffer.
KNEEL IN PRAYER: Lord thank You for showing me how to have a teachable spirit. Help me to listen and learn from those who are wise than me. May I take that wisdom and apply it. In your name I pray. AMEN.
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