Fear so often becomes the means of obstructing the communication of truth (2). How often we have been reluctant to speak on behalf of truth, even though it has become “as a burning fire shut up” in our souls (3).
The Apostle Paul charged young Timothy to preach the Word of God, in season and out of season; also to reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine (4). Rebuke and reproof are often God’s remedies for so many of life’s situations. Proverbs 9:8 says, “Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee; rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.” Imagine, those who are wise will never take offense, even when the word of God sharply rebukes them. They are aware that the Word has their best interests at stake. They do not react in the bitterness of the natural man, but respond with the mind of Christ. They love God’s law and nothing offends them (5). The psalmist said, “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be kindness. And let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head…” (Psalm 141:5).
Even when the word of God becomes a hammer (6) in the hand of the righteous, it serves as a means of kindness to those who can receive its truth. When we reprove or receive reproof, remember that “as an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear” (Proverbs 25:12)