An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Monday, April 9, 2012

And in This Scorner...

(Proverbs 9:7 KJV)  He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.

What is a “scorner” (scoffer NASB) (3917b)?  I guess my real question is, “Am I a scorner?”  There isn’t much I can do about the other guy but I can work on my own character.

That is probably one of the differences between a true scoffer and one who is just questioning.  Part of the character trait of scoffing seems to be putting yourself in a superior position.  You ask questions and make comments to elevate yourself rather than find truth.  There is a self-centered arrogance in the attitude.

So how do I plan on avoiding this today?  I will seek for truth, not just a winning position.  I will try to listen first and evaluate after the other person stops talking instead of my usual pattern of starting to plan my reply before they finish.  At least that is my goal. 


Gorges Smythe said...

Easier said than done! ;-)

Pumice said...

Part of the challenge of this kind of communication is painting myself into a corner and then watching to see if I grow. It is certainly a fertile location.

Grace and peace.