Proverbs 9:7 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.
The Lord never intended for a believer to consider it his duty in life to rebuke others. As the believer gains additional Bible knowledge, he begins to see the world in a far different light. He gains insights that often remain unavailable to those who ignore the truths of scripture. Sin becomes more noticeable and the individual becomes increasingly offended at the world’s corruption. His increased knowledge emboldens him to point out the errors of others. Though in and of itself there is nothing wrong with this, the Bible warns concerning the various responses when someone is rebuked. According to Proverbs 13:1, “a scorner heareth not rebuke.” In fact, a scorner rebuked will return shame and hatred (Proverbs 9:7-8). On the other hand, a believer will find great reward in rebuking the wise (Proverbs 9:8).
∙ (For children): To someone who truly loves the Lord, rebuke is an act of kindness and likened to a medicine which cleanses his heart (Psalm 141:5). Those who do not love God will despise rebuke (Proverbs 23:9; Matthew 7:6).
∙ (For everyone): If we purpose to restore through rebuke, what type of people will we rebuke? Are there times when people are not yet ready for rebuke and we may need to show patience?
∙ How can you be reproached when rebuking a scorner or a wicked man (Proverbs 9:7)? What kind of blessings can you receive when you rebuke a wise man (Proverbs 9:8)?
∙ Ask the Lord to give you discernment in rebuking others.
∙ Ask God to show you the right time to offer rebuke to others.