Good morning – it is a cool, crisp, beautiful morning here in northeast Indiana.
Do you enjoy having your faults pointed out to you? How about when you made a poor decision? Did it make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside when you were “coached” on that decision?
Better yet, how about that time someone challenged you about something in your life you did not even realize was there? A blind spot? How did you react? My initial reaction is often indignation – they don’t really know me! Who are they to criticize me? Yet, deep down, I would realize that they were right – that I did have something in my life that was holding me back.
As painful as it was, and still is, I began to slowly see and receive the value of a rebuke – the value of someone challenging me about issues in my life because they care deeply about me. I still don’t really like it as I struggle with having too high of an opinion of myself, but the rebuke of a friend is a precious gift.
Proverbs 15:31-32 says: “The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise. Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.”
So embrace rebuke – it is “life-giving” as it says in the Scripture. Bring it on!
Peace and grace to you today,