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How to Receive Rebuke - by Michael Phillips
Proverbs - Part 13 of 26
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Proverbs 27:5-6
Apr 27, 1988 pm - ITS DUTY. This opening thought requires but little proof. For, if it is the Christian's duty to reprove his erring brother, then it is also the erring brother's duty to receive that reproof. Thus, every argument adduced in the last sermon applies equally to the present. This duty, however, is not just founded upon implication, but the direct and revealed mind of the Spirit. Observe, therefore: The sharp contrast between those who hear reproof and those who refuse it. Honor or shame. "Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, but he who regards reproof will be honored" (13:18). Wisdom or folly. "Reproof enters more into a wise man than a hundred stripes into a fool" (17:10). Knowledge or ignorance. "Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid" (12:1). Humility or pride. "A wise man fears and departs from evil, but a fool rages and is confident" (14:16). Life or death. "He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, but he refuses reproof goes astray" (10:17). These five contrasts bring us to an obvious question. "Is it the Christian's duty to cultivate godly honor, wisdom, knowledge, humility--and even life?" If not, then by all ... More >>>

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