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.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Save It

(Proverbs 9:8 KJV)  Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

We need to be careful when we try to help other people.  A “scorner” (scoffer NASB) (3917b), by his nature, is not one who trusts your motives.  He is someone who is focused on himself and has a need to put down everything else as inferior.  People like this will not listen when you try to share with them.

You may have noticed how uninterested so many people are in the things of God.  They may be “spiritual” but that is often a way of saying that they seek self gratification on a supernatural level.  The term “spiritual formation” too often has to do with pagan ideas of dragging yourself up by your own bootstraps instead of submitting to the reproof that is part of the truly spiritual life.

So?  This could be what Jesus meant when He said,
(Matthew 7:6 KJV)  Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Save your advice for people who are willing to listen. 

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