Proverbs 9:6-9 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
We only get so many hours each day. Just a select few opportunities to use the minutes God has given to us. The Bible often says, we are to be good stewards with all God gives us. We usually relate the word steward to money. However, it’s also referring to our time, and talents.
Being a good steward of time is the topic of today’s verses. Rebuking a sinner of sin before they are saved is like beating your head against a brick wall. They don’t care, and are not convicted of their sinfulness, and therefore neither of you gets anything good out of it. They need salvation first.
If you will use your time to try to help someone who is teachable, you both come out ahead. A Christ-like Spirit is one that is teachable. Rebuke to a born again Christian is an opportunity for them to examine themselves, and to see where they stand with God. If the rebuke is correct, they see an area they need to correct, and become stronger in the Lord. If the rebuke is incorrect, they can come back, and lovingly discuss the circumstances around it with you. When this happens, you both walk away stronger in the Lord, and in better fellowship with one another. Either way, a wise person comes out ahead. They have gained wisdom in their walk with the Lord, or a better understanding of a fellow Christian. In this God wins.
Is it ever easy to point out perceived sin, or shortcomings in a friend’s life? NO! There’s a slogan, which says, “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” The same should be true about believers. Christian friends, don’t let Christian friends live in harmful unrighteousness.
In the New Testament, Jesus called it casting your pearls before swine. It’s not referring to withholding the gospel from anyone. Everyone needs to hear the gospel. However, it does mean use your time wisely. Not everyone is ready to listen.
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