Giving Needed Rebuke is Never Easy

Sir Walter Raleigh once made a request of the Queen, and she reluctantly answered, “Raleigh, when will you ever stop begging?” Walter replied, “When your Majesty stops giving.” His request was granted. But the God of all grace never grows weary of our as … More

Rebuke

The farmer who works hard will have plenty to eat while those who try to get something for nothing will have their fill of poverty (v. 19). Likewise the person who devotes himself to faithfully tilling the fields of Scripture will grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord. The person who neglects his Bible and only listens to what others tell him will become spiritually starved and never amount to anything for God.

Being eager to get rich quick often leads to dishonest ways of trying to get wealth (vv. 20-22). To abandon Biblical principles in order to pursue riches is very dangerous and will not go unpunished.

We are never being kind to a person if we just glass over his faults and make him feel comfortable in his wrong doing (v.23). We may seem to please the person at the time but ultimately it will be of little value to anyone. Giving needed rebuke is never easy but in the end, the wise will be grateful for it. If you cheat your parents and don’t think it’s wrong, you are a common thief (v. 24).

The man that is directed by pride will always be stirring up strife as he tries to be in the lime light (v. 25). The man who trusts in his own heart is a fool and will wander in self-deception. The person who walks humbly will walk wisely, and will avoid many problems (v. 26). The person who sees and helps the needy will never be a loser. On the other hand the person who hoards all of his possessions to himself will only bring grief and anguish to himself in the end (v. 27). God wants us to identify with the needy, not ignor them. When crooks are in control, everyone tries to hide, but when they lose power, good people are everywhere (v. 28).

Application

Which of the admonitions above do I find the most needed in my life? What can I do to strengthen this area of my life for the glory of God?

Proverbs 28:19-28 (English Standard Version)

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty. A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished. To show partiality is not good, but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong. A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him. Whoever rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue. Whoever robs his father or his mother and says, "That is no transgression," is a companion to a man who destroys. A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the LORD will be enriched. Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered. Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse. When the wicked rise, people hide themselves, but when they perish, the righteous increase.

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