CedarLog-2014-0710-01

Devo reading yesterday was Proverbs 9
Proverbs 9:7-9  -- 

Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult;
whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse. 
8 Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you;
rebuke a wise man and he will love you. 

9 Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;
teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.  (NIV) 
 
So, I’m asking myself:  “Do I want to be insulted, abused and hated, or do I want to be loved, as a contributor to someone’s wisdom and understanding?”  Since my spiritual gifting strengths are as a pastor and teacher, and my commitment to the Holy Spirit is to be a man of God, I will teach, rebuke, correct and train toward righteousness.  (see Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Timothy 3:16-17 & Matthew 28:19-20)
 
My personal application of these pieces of wisdom from Solomon is: 1) I will monitor how I dispense my gifting responsibilities, and I will limit them to those who will not be tempted to reject what I have to say; 2) I will monitor my own life, to make sure I’m not one of those ‘mockers’ that scoff at the wise input other gifted men and women would offer to me.  I want to be a lover of those who would teach, rebuke or correct me, so that I can become wise like my teachers!