Proverbs 9:8-9 – Rebuke and Instruction

Proverbs 9:8-9
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 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.

-Look at the simple test laid out in Scripture regarding the difference between the wise and the foolish.  The wise will appreciate guidance and even rebuke and will love the person who thought enough of them to try and help.  In contrast, the foolish will hate reproof and will hate the one doing the reproving.  Don’t look at this as a test to determine what manner of person with whom you might be interacting when you give advice; rather, look at this as a test sent from the Lord that we can use to examine ourselves.  How do you react when someone offers advice or constructive criticism?  Do you consider that advice and see if there may be something worthwhile in it?  Are you thankful that someone took the time to be a help?  Or do you get self-righteous and indignant when that person shows up with their advice?  Now of course there are nuances to this when you start dealing with people who may be giving bad advice and the like, but again, don’t look to the Bible as a means to judge those around you, only to judge yourself.

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