Friday, March 28, 2008

Embracing Reproof Joyfully

He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise. He who neglects discipline despises himself, but he who listens to reproof acquires understanding, (Proverbs 15, 31-32, nasb).

Correcting someone is difficult, but receiving reproof is worse, but should it be? In the words of the International Director of ACTION Nelson Reed, “Should we not embrace reproof joyfully?”

Proverbs 15: 31-32 says if we listen to reproof we are wise; if we accept it we are humble; if we have an open ear to correction we grow in our walk with God and in understanding.

So today, if someone talks to you about your anger, it will hurt, but listen; or if they mention your lack of servanthood, learn from it. If you become aware of your lack of generosity, lack of grace, or lack of concern for others, embrace the rebuke from the Lord joyfully as one who is wise!

If you and I begin to embrace reproof joyfully, we, as well as our family, friends, our ministry, will truly glorify God.

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