Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 9:7-12. In this Scripture, we are warned if we correct a scorner, we may be insulted in return. If we rebuke a wicked person, we may end up getting abused.
We are warned not to rebuke a mocker or they will hate you. But, when you reprimand a wise person, they will love you.
When you give instruction to a wise person, they will become even wiser. When you teach a virtuous person, they will grow in knowledge.
Proverbs 9:10 is one of my favorite verses, “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 scorner, 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 they not only appreciate the correction, but love the one who gives the correction.
However, the mocker rejects correction and turns against those who 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?
Have you ever noticed that there are some people who are offended by any suggestion you may offer them? Then, there are some people who welcome your suggestions.
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?
- What is the difference in the way a wise person and a scorner respond to correction?
- How will the wise person and the scorner 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. Help us not to take offense when someone tries to give us constructive criticism. Help us to be sure when we correct others to do it in a spirit of love and humility. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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