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The Proverbial Journey 9

March 9, 2010

Proverbs Chapter 9

Ever been involved in an argument or debate that just degraded into a mud slinging contest?  Ever tried to make a recommendation or give correction to someone that just spat it back at you?  We do have this condition in us that if we know something (or think we know something – a topic for another day) that our automatic reaction is that we need to give that knowledge.  It’s rather arrogant on our part sometimes.  The truth is that the condition of the field you want to plant in is just as important as the seed you have to plant.  Understanding where someone is at in their life should help dictate how you approach them with instruction and correction.

Read these verses:

Prov. 9:7,8

7 “Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult;
whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse.

8 Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you;
rebuke a wise man and he will love you.

9 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;
teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

10 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

When we are building our lives on Christ and understand that without His mercy and grace we are completely unable to even breathe, we develop a hunger that He is to be our source and direction.  We are more receptive to Godly correction and wisdom because we are founding it upon Christ.  However, when we approach those who found their wisdom upon themselves, we must understand that they are their own standard  and are less likely to be willing to be measured by God’s standard.  “The fear of the Lord”, being a follower, is the beginning – the source – of wisdom.

We must approach those who reject dependence upon God with a heart of mission and love them with the Gospel.  Often we shout at the world that they need to live by Godly principles and we find that we are mocked and dismissed.  If we will live with the wisdom of God, walking out the Great Commission and Great Commandment, we will find that people see the difference in us and are more receptive.  Be wise and add to your learning about Jesus.  Hunger and thirst for righteousness and press into God.  Then, live it out and people who are far from God will see His reality in our words and actions.

What are your thoughts today?  How do you approach those who don’t Christ and give them advice?


From → Proverbs

  1. helen permalink

    Pastor Scott – this was a great post! I know I am slow to put my belief’s on others, but in a way I do want the unbeliever’s to see Jesus (in my life) and then ask me about it. I know I have to be more bold, but this means a lot to me, too. Because without Jesus, people don’t get it!

  2. It’s always about the right words in the right moment with the right heart. I’m with you, “without Jesus, people don’t get it”!

  3. Chuck Tribbitt permalink

    I have listened many times to the parable of sowing the seed on different types of soil but never thought about being responsible for the condition of the soil. How we approach someone is a big factor in how the seed will grow. Over the years I have watched my Dad mulch, fertilize, till his garden so he could plant the seeds. Then thought the spring and summer he weeds, mulches, and prunes. He puts a lot of time into it. Then it come time to pick one of those big red tomatoes, etc they turn out to be the best!

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