Proverbs 27:5-6 Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
When was the last time someone lovingly rebuked you? When was the last time someone had to correct you or speak into your life? Sometimes we are so proud that no one has the ability to speak into us. We do not want to humble ourselves or admit that we were wrong. When someone does speak into our lives we take it personally, as if they are questioning are very salvation. But the bible shows us clearly that for us to truly grow and mature as Christians we need to be able to receive correction, discipline and even rebuke.
How you receive rebuke is really up to you. Some people get annoyed, some get upset, others refuse it but if we are to mature in Christ likeness we need to be able to accept it, openly and humbly. Don’t get so caught up in what was said or how it was said, receive it, because no matter what the persons intentions are maybe God is trying to say something to you.
The bible says open rebuke is better than concealed love, think about it for a moment only those who truly love you or are concerned about you will rebuke you and tell you when you are wrong. People who pretend to love you will just cover over it and not say anything. I have been rebuked many times and I have to be honest by saying that I have not liked what the person has said and have not always agreed with what they have said but what has really helped me these last 23 years is being able to receive it with a right heart. Their heart might be wrong but make sure your heart is right, position yourself so that others can speak into your life, keep yourself from being proud or arrogant. Faithful are the wounds of a friend! Yes the rebuke might challenge us, it might even convict us but those wounds will soon heal and we will be better for it.
Matthew 18:15 If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. Being open to rebuke shows that you have a teachable spirit, a willingness to learn and a desire to change. Over the years I have gained many friends just through giving them that access and ability to speak into my life. Be wise with who you allow but at the same time be open to recieve the rebuke.[spacer style=”1″]
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Victory Over Myself – A Guide to Putting Me in My Rightful Place.
Authored by Leighton Ainsworth
Have you ever found yourself struggling to come to grips with what it actually means to deny yourself? Have you ever found it hard to take up your cross? As you read the pages of Victory Over Myself and immerse yourself in the scriptures that are found throughout, Pastor Leighton Ainsworth will guide you to be able to find the answers you seek.
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