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Proverbs 9:7. Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.

Yesterday we talked about being simple. Everyone is born simple and hopefully, over time, becomes wise by learning to trust and love and God.

Today Solomon introduces us again to the scoffer. A scoffer hates being corrected or disciplined. She doesn’t listen to advice. He doesn’t respect his teachers, his parents, or even God. Being a scoffer is pretty bad. Wicked even.

The good news is that you don’t have to be a scoffer. You can choose to listen to correction and not get angry when you get in trouble. You can be humble and admit when you are wrong so that you can learn from your mistakes. Being wise doesn’t mean you never make mistakes, it means you let God and others teach you about what you did wrong so that you can apologize, make things right, and move forward.

Of course this is much easier when we have Jesus. The more you trust in Jesus and his forgiveness of all your sins, the less you will be a scoffer. When we know that God loves and forgives us through Jesus we can trust all of his correction and humbly listen to all he says to us, even when it is hard to hear.

Because of Jesus we can always trust God’s discipline.

With Jesus we never have to be a scoffer.


Ask your children if there is anything that you tell them to do that they don’t like. Let them be honest. Talk about how we can respond to these things without becoming scoffers. Do any of your rules need an explanation (remember “rules without reasons lead to rebellion”).


Jesus, keep me from turning into a scoffer. Teach me about your love for me and how your correction is always for my good. Amen.


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