Thursday, June 11, 2015

Seeing Christ in the Proverbs: Proverbs 15:31

Proverbs 15:31
The ear that listens to life-giving reproof
    will dwell among the wise.

We live in a society where many people equate reproof with lack of love.  And, while it is true that reproof can be given in an unloving manner or given through the wrong medium, one gets the feeling that with some people, no matter how winsome or wise the reproof, it will always be rejected, because they have come to falsely believe that reproof by its very nature is negative and unloving.

Certainly, we should reject false reproof that is not in line with God's Word, but there is a true and life-giving reproof that should be received.  In fact, one cannot be a child of the heavenly Father, and not receive and accept reproof.  Our heavenly Father instructs us through the Word, and his words necessarily teach us to turn from sin (reproof) and turn to his Son who is the way, the truth and the life.

The beneficial result of listening to reproof from our heavenly Father, or reproof from men that coincides with the reproof of our Father, is that we find a home with the Father and the Son through the working of the Spirit.  We dwell by faith in the heavenly home of incarnate Wisdom and with those who have also listened to the life-giving, love-giving, and joy-giving reproof that comes from listening to the voice of our Shepherd, who gave his life in love for us, and whose wisdom/reproof is utterly trustworthy.

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