Proverbs 17:10 “A rebuke impresses a man of discernment more than a hundred lashes a fool.” (NIV)
It would be a rare person who did not resent or become defensive to a rebuke from another person. Your pride fiercely protects your self-esteem, while God is waging a battle for your heart. Rebuke creates the opportunity to open your life to greater discernment which gives God a great opportunity to pour His life into yours. The foundation of someone who is open to rebuke is one who not only desires God to be first in his/her life, but also allows God to consume his/her life with His desires. Proverbs 9:9-10 says, “Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Such a person fears the Lord in such a way that he/she hunger for more knowledge and wisdom in order to draw closer to God. Such a person responds to rebuke as David described in Psalm 141:5 “Let a righteous man strike me — it is a kindness; let him rebuke me — it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it.” Next time you receive a rebuke, let not your first response be indignation, but a prayer asking God to open your heart to instruction, give your eyes insight to see truth, ears to embrace opportunities to grow in your walk with Christ, and the courage to respond in the power of the Holy Spirit to become more like Christ.
Proverbs 10:17 “Correction is the high road to life; neglect reproof and you will miss the way.”