Rebuke or Flattery? #679

He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward than he who flatters with the tongue. (Proverbs 28:23, NKJV)

Are you willing to rebuke someone when they sin? It is not an easy thing to do. For one thing, the rebuker’s motive must be sincere and pure; not self-serving. The rebuke intends to convict the sinner, bringing about repentance. Furthermore, to rebuke someone without knowing how he or she will react requires great devotion to the truth and love for the sinner (Lk. 17:3). Flattery comforts the wrongdoer in his sin, but a rebuke of sin willingly received reaps eternal benefits. The wounds of a friend are faithful – correcting us, shaping us, strengthening us (Prov. 27:6). When it is necessary, rebuke sin by speaking the truth in love. By doing so you will have God’s favor.