7 Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults;Proverbs 9:7-9 NIV
whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse.
8 Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you;
rebuke the wise and they will love you.
9 Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;
teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.
There is so much more to this chapter and I challenge you to read the whole thing. However I wanted to focus on these three verses today.
These instructions are for one particular type of person: the kind that can take instruction. One who will actually do what the advice is saying.
Rebuke a mocker and you know what you get? More mocking. How does one set out to “correct” a mocker. Well correction is a task of pointing out the facts at hand and the inaccuracies in someone’s beliefs or ways of thinking. You give them the correct information in hopes to clarify where they are incorrect. The problem lies with the idea, thinking a mocker actually cares about the truth. They don’t.
That’s why correcting them incurs abuse. Did you ever see the Back to the Future films? You remember Biff? Bully and general mean guy? When he was corrected, he just got worse and it didn’t go well for Marty at certain points in the series. So here’s the catch, this scripture doesn’t say don’t ever rebuke/correct anybody. Those who will accept correction prove they are wise by accepting that and they with “love you” for it.
Moreover, when a wise person moves from being rebuked to receiving instruction, learning…they will be wiser still.
The question today is, which are you? Do you meet correction with mocking your corrector? Or do you gracious accept their input and give it serious consideration?