Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 9:7-12. In this Scripture we are warned that those who correct a scorner can look to be insulted himself. Those who rebuke a wicked man may end up getting abused.
Don’t rebuke a mocker or he will hate you. But, when you rebuke a wise man, he will love you.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will become even wiser: teach a righteous man, and he will increase in knowledge.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Through wisdom your days will be multiplied, and the years of your life will be increased.
If you are wise, you will be rewarded for your wisdom: but if you are a mocker, you will suffer the consequences of it.
Notice in this Scripture how the wise person is able to take correction and even welcomes it. The Scripture goes as far as to say he not only appreciates the correction, but loves the one who gives the correction.
However, the mocker rejects correction and turns against those who may try to help them.
Even though it may be hard sometimes to take correction, if it is given in the right spirit, with a loving heart, it can be beneficial to us.
Do you find it hard to take correction? If so, how can we learn to be more open to rebuke and take the suggestions that others give us for our benefit rather than taking them as an insult?
Daily Bible Reading:
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.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.
Things to think about:
- What is the difference between a wise person and a scorner?
- How do each of them respond to correction?
- How will each of them be rewarded for their acts?
Prayer of the day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read this Scripture in Proverbs we see that a wise man takes correction, but a mocker does not. Help us to be wise and to be willing to be corrected for Your sake and for our own sake. Give us the wisdom that we need to withstand correction and to prosper from it. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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The Book of Ephesians: Paul’s Letter to the Church at Ephesus is a Daily Bible Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman. It is a study of the book of Ephesians from the New Testament of the Bible. Ephesians is one of the Apostle Paul’s letters, which was written to the church at Ephesus.
In the book of Ephesians Paul reminds us that we are chosen of God. He encourages us to walk in unity in the church. He talks about our various relationships including our relationship with Christ, with each other, the husband-wife relationship and others. He also exhorts us to put on the full armor of God so that we are clothed for battle against the enemy.
The Book of Ephesians: Paul’s Letter to the Church at Ephesus consists of twelve lessons, which can be used for an individual daily Bible study or a group Bible study. Each lesson consists of a brief commentary, the Bible Scripture, a few questions for contemplation called, “Things to think about,” and a prayer for the day.
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