Refusing Reproof

He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.

Proverbs 10:17

When I was in college, Toby Weaver gave a quote one day in chapel that I wrote down in my Bible: “One of the greatest gauges of a man is how he takes reproof”.  I like that statement because I believe it’s true.  Nobody likes to hear that they are wrong.  Having someone tell us or show us that we are wrong is a stinging blow to our pride and our flesh.  Of course, if we listened to our pride and our flesh, they would tell us that we are always right and never wrong.  Our sinful flesh stiffens at the idea that what it wants is wrong.  Our pride bristles at the thought of there being something or someone around to tell us what to do. 

The dictionary definition of reproof is: “criticism for a fault”.  Reproof, whether it comes from the Bible or someone God has placed in our life, is sometimes difficult to take.  But when we reject reproof, the Bible says we “err”, or do wrong.  Ignoring or rejecting reproof only adds to our problems. 

Instead of rejecting or ignoring reproof when it comes into our lives, we should accept it, change whatever we have been reproved for, and get back in the “way of life”.  The verse also says that “he is in the way of life that keepeth instruction”.  The Lord is pleased when we receive instruction and reproof with humility and correct the problem.  Let’s “walk in the way of life”!

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