Do you remember what a scoffer is?
Proverbs 9:7-8. 7Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury. 8Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
Yesterday we were reminded about being a scoffer. Do you remember what a scoffer is? Are you a scoffer? I hope not.
But what if we aren’t the scoffer but we know a scoffer? How can we tell if someone we know is a scoffer? Well Solomon says you can tell by how they take correction or criticism.
First he says that when a scoffer is corrected they abuse the person who corrected them. The word abuse means to insult. The scoffer can’t handle being wrong so they insult, or make fun of anyone who tries to correct them.
Then Solomon says in verse 8 that if you reprove a scoffer they will hate you. This is much more powerful language. Here the scoffer doesn’t just insult you, they hate you, reject you, and stop being your friend.
Jesus said something similar to us when he said, “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not give your pearls to swine.” He meant sometimes people aren’t willing to listen or be helped and if that’s true then the best thing you can do is stop trying to help them. Why? Because sometimes people have to feel really bad for their pride and sin before God can help them by showing them Jesus and his loving forgiveness. Hopefully you will never have to go that low before you receive Jesus’ love and listen to those who are trying to help you.
Because of Jesus God will never stop trying to change us.
With Jesus we can listen to correction without getting mad.
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Do you know any scoffers?Anyone who insults you or makes fun of you when you do what is right? Talk about what those friendships should look like. (Are you throwing pearls to swine?)
Jesus, help me to know who I should be friends with and who is rubbing off on me with their sin. Show me how to best help others and pray for them. Amen.
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