This morning as I read today's Proverbs to Ethan and Emma, this verse really stood out to me.
Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
There have been times in my life that I have had someone inform me of something I had clearly need to be informed of, but it wasn't always easy to digest.
Some of you may know what I'm talking about. You may feel conviction over certain areas of your life, and more so when you are congregated with certain people who Christ has maybe helped conquer that struggle. What if they rebuked you for your sin? Would you be offended? Probably so, huh?
I can remember when I was single with Ethan and I was working long hours. I really wanted to have a social life, work hard, and be a good mom. But that was the order I wanted things, too. My older sister Indy was wise enough to call me on it. I can remember the conversation still to this day. I was driving home from the place I worked in Princeton, I was on the phone with her. I can remember the feeling I had in my gut hearing her describe how wrong my actions were. I was so angry. With myself. Not with her! I couldn't be angry with her! I was the one who needed to hear it.
I challenge you to be obedient to Christ in this area. Ask him to help you learn how to rebuke with grace when necessary.
I am so glad my sister said what needed to be said. I am far from wise, and believe me, there are many times I'd rather not hear hers, or any other person's take on my actions. But I pray that I will hear the Lord's voice when He needs me to return that favor.