Sunday, 2 December 2012

ACCEPTING REBUKE OR ELSE

Proverbs 29:15 – The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.

Rebuke and chastisement are not to be used for victimization or bullying. They are not to be used to oppress or force people to do things that are wrong. Doing this is an abuse of power and God greatly disapproves of this. Rebuke and Chastisement are to show love. When we notice a son or daughter treading the part of destruction or doing things that may incur the wrath of God out of love let us rebuke and chastise them. The Lord said in Revelations 3:19 ‘as many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. God often rebukes and chastens those He loves .One of the advantages of rebuke and chastisement is that it brings about wisdom. When we are rebuked and chastised over a matter, instead of getting angry or take offence, let’s change. It is for our good because once we accept correction and change, we will become wise. Proverbs 3:35 says the wise shall inherit glory. Daniel 12:3 says those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens. You want to shine in your chosen field of endeavour or marriage or business or ministry? Be ready to change and accept correction when rebuked and chastised over a matter . From time to time, God uses our parents physically or in the Lord to rebuke us, instead of arguing and getting angry let us humble ourselves and change. It is pride not listen to correction.
Proverbs 29:15 says the rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame. One of the biggest disservice an individual or a family can do to themselves is to refuse to be rebuked. When such individual or family does that, they are left alone and shame is not far from such. In 2 Chronicles 26 is the story of Uzziah the king of Judah. He became so big that He was willing to discipline men of God when they rebuked him for trying to offer incense in the house of God. God became angry with Uzziah and leprosy fell on him. In 2 Kings 13:14-19 Joash was given an opportunity to completely deal with all his enemies. Because of the way this king dealt with the opportunity, Elisha rebuked him and corrected him . Instead of accepting correction and changing ,he became angry and refused. That was how he lost the opportunity to wipe away his enemies . Today,how are you dealing with that opportunity God gave to you to work in His vineyard. Do you get angry and decide not to work again in God's vineyard when rebuked? If you have been rebuked over a matter instead of leaving and courting shame, why not change and be wise so that you can have a glorious future.
KEY POINT: Ask God to forgive you for refusing correction. Every area where you have been corrected, begin to make corrections.

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