“He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favor than he that flattereth with the tongue.” Proverbs 28 vs 23.
Telling someone the truth can be one of the hardest things to do especially if it’s a close friend or family member. But sometimes the only way to save that person from destruction is to be completely honest with them. It is far better to rebuke someone before destruction comes, than to do damage control because of foolish actions, that could have been avoided by early intervention. But the question is, when should we rebuke someone?
Jesus was faced with that same task with Peter, after he (Jesus) predicted his death and resurrection in Matthew 16 vs 23. Peter himself rebuked Jesus (Matthew 16 vs 22) out of pure ignorance, by telling him that the things he spoke of would have never happened. But He rebuked Peter saying, get behind me Satan, you are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men. He was not calling Peter Satan, but he knew that it was the enemy who was working through Peter’s ignorance to discourage him from fulfilling his purpose on the earth and that’s why he rebuked him in such manner. (See Mark 8 vs 31-33).
Revelation 3 vs 19 says, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.” Just as how our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ love us enough to rebuke us, so should we rebuke our family and friends when it is required. However, we should make sure that our motive is out of love and not for selfish reasons or personal gain. When the Bible says love covers a multitude of sin (1st Peter 4 vs 8), it did not mean that we should not correct our love ones, but instead love should be the basis or the reason why we rebuke or correct others. We cannot afford amoral behavior or unjust actions to go uncorrected in the name of love, but we can certainly afford to correct that behavior because of love.
Righteous rebuke should be immediate, and should be done to nullify spiritual warfare, to defuse conflicts among brethren and to help our love ones from a destructive path. Certain things must be dealt with on the spot to avoid further damage. Today, I challenge you, to be that voice of reasoning. Do not allow the people you love to go astray because you were reluctant to rebuke them. The rod of correction (Proverbs 23 vs 14) is both physical and verbal, let us use it wisely so we can save souls from hell.
Let us pray: Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Lord I have fallen short of listening and yielding to corrections in the past, but today I pray that you will help me to listen, accept and be willing to turn from my selfish behavior when rebuked in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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