Day 9 – Proverbs 9
“Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you. Rebuke a wise man and he will love you.” Proverbs 9:8
If you have ever tried to correct a member of the police force, you will understand what it means to correct a scoffer. No matter how right you may be, they will not listen. The longer you try to explain, the more they get angry with you.
Some people are impossible to get through to. They are unwilling to listen or reason with you. Little can be done to help such a person because their mind is made up. Eloquence will not change a hardened heart. I have read endless arguments on social media about God and if the Bible is true. The discussions never end with the non-believer changing his mind. The non-believer just gets more vexed the longer the discussion continues. Jesus did not argue with His accusers. He did not defend himself or try to convince them who He was (Mark 15). He remained silent and did not correct the scoffer. God will remove the scales from their eyes when we commit them to God in prayer.
A wise mans attitude is always based on learning. He knows that there is always room for improvement and welcomes correction. If he is in error, he rather have someone tell him than to remain in the dark.
The words of correction can set us up for great success if we do not let pride stand in the way.
Father, we welcome Your correction. Your Word says that you correct the ones you love, (Proverbs 3:12). Give us wisdom in dealing with scoffers. Teach us when to speak and when to remain silent. We allow your Holy Spirit to deal with the hardened hearts of non-believers and scoffers. Let us look out for our friends and rebuke them in love. Let our motives for correcting be pure, with the purpose of uplifting. Pour out your wisdom as we continue to listen to you and watch daily at your gates (Proverbs 8:34)
In Jesus name…