Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- November 22, 2011
“Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it.” Psalm 141:5
A righteous rebuke wins the respect of the teachable and trusting. It is seen as an act of love and concern. We all need people in our lives who challenge us with truth. Bold messengers motivated by kindness and correction make us more effective leaders, spouses, parents, friends and followers of Jesus. The unrighteous smile upon us with cruel flattery; while the righteous do not rest until words of admonition are offered.
We invite instruction from those with integrity because we trust their intentions. Fools resent reproof, but the wise profit from its sometimes stinging sensation. A righteous rebuke is sweet to the soul, like pleasant perfume it refreshes and renews. It is a loving act. Immature gossips talk about others; only mature friends talk directly to others.
“It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools” (Ecclesiastes 7:5).
So, listen to those who want to love you through tumultuous times. It is better to have two people around who tell you the truth, than ten who tickle your pride and enlarge your ego. Take the time to listen to godly counsel and then act accordingly. Gracious men and women do not grow weary of candid friends, rather they thank God for them.
Your spouse sees things you don’t, so pay attention and act. Your children care enough to come with their complaints, so lovingly listen to them. The constructive feedback from friends is wise, so admit where you were wrong. At work, serve your team by listening to and implementing their excellent ideas. Survey your customers and then adjust toward their needs. Wise are leaders who see others as the Lord’s instrument of instruction.
“Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you” (Proverbs 9:8).
Above all, it is Almighty God’s loving discipline and righteous rebuke that leads to wise living. So gladly repent when you feel a twinge of conviction from the Holy Spirit. Like a child who respects the flames of a fireplace by backing away, so wise and humble is the child of God who steps back from being blistered by sin. A rebuke followed by earnest repentance leads to the sweetest lasting fellowship with Jesus and trusted friends.
“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent”
Who do I need to invite into my life as a candid and trusted advisor?
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