Ecclesiastes 7:5 It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools.
Can I tell you something that I really hate hearing? Rebuke. Because when the person is rebuking me the first thing I want to do is counter their rebuke with more rebuke. “Oh, I have sin? Well, Kemosabe, you’ve been having a stinky attitude as of late and your breath smells like a goat.” Maybe I’ve admitted too much? Let’s move on then.
Generally rebuke should come when we are doing something that is out of step with the Bible or perhaps out of step with our character. Rebuke should also, most of the time, come from a healthy environment from people you trust. Receiving rebuke is never fun, but it is essential to our spiritual development. As Solomon says in Proverbs 27:17, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” This is not just a cute verse on a coffee cup; rather this is an extremely painful process.
How much energy will we save if we were just honest about our issues and allowed people to engage our hearts? People who are wise will not be afraid to have people engage their hearts and point out the wrongs they are doing. However, the foolish welcomes people who encourages their wrong behavior.
Are you the wise who allows rebuke in your life to help you grow spiritually? Or are you the foolish who only allows people that will encourage your messy life style?
“Nothing can be more cruel than that leniency which abandons others to their sin. Nothing can be more compassionate than that severe reprimand which calls another Christian in one’s community back from the path of sin.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer