(Pro 28:23 KJV) He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
I have always assumed that this verse was talking about the response of the person put on a short leash. You know, the way a parent tells the little boy, “Someday you will thank me.” What if that is not the case? What if this is a matter of the observing congregation or family who are favorable?
I know I have appreciated it when someone straightens out their obnoxious child. I also enjoy it when someone calls down a public figure who needs correction. This should encourage us to take a stand when it is needed. Too often all we see is the reaction of the target, not the audience.
So? It would be great if we would do the right thing all the time. How about once today as a step in the right direction.