What Is Your Response to a Rebuke?

Psalms 141:5 Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness; let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head; let my head not refuse it. ESV

Proverbs 1:23 If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you. ESV

Proverbs 3:11-12
11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.
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Proverbs 9:8-9
8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning
. ESV

Proverbs 10:17 Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray. ESV

Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid. ESV

Proverbs 13:1 A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. ESV

Proverbs 13:18 Poverty and disgrace come to him who ignores instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is honored. ESV

Proverbs 15:5 A fool despises his father’s instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent. ESV

Proverbs 15:10 There is severe discipline for him who forsakes the way; whoever hates reproof will die. ESV

Proverbs 15:31-33
31 The ear that listens to life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.
32 Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.
33 The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.
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Proverbs 17:10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool. ESV

Proverbs 27:5-6
5 Better is open rebuke than hidden love.
6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy
. ESV

Ecclesiastes 7:5 It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools. ESV

Luke 17:3-4
3 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,
4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him
.” ESV

But how do you know if a reproof is valid or just an individual’s opinion?

Check it out according to the Scriptures.

Don’t fall for man’s additions to Scripture nor their taking away of Scripture.

Deuteronomy 12:32 “Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it. ESV

Proverbs 30:5-6
5 Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
6 Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar
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2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work
. ESV

So are you wise or foolish?

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