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Correction within the Body of Christ – Part 2

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November 20th, 2013 | Filed Under: Author, Body of Christ, Mitch Kuhn, Topical Studies0 Comments | Author:

A wise man receives correction well.

Pro 9:9 (ESV) Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Pro 13:1 (ESV) A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

Pro 19:25 (ESV) Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge.


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A wise man receives correction well.

Pro 9:9 (ESV) Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.

Pro 13:1 (ESV) A wise son hears his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.

Pro 19:25 (ESV) Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will gain knowledge.

The flesh does not like to be corrected.

Scorn: to look down upon with disdain or contempt; open disrespect.
Scoffer: one who expresses scorn, derision, or contempt.

Pro 9:7 (ESV) Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse, and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
Pro 9:8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Pro 9:8 (KJV) Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.

Pro 15:12 (ESV) A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise.

Pro 21:11 (ESV) When a scoffer is punished, the simple becomes wise; when a wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.

While our flesh does not like to be corrected, scriptures clearly teach that we are to be instructing and correcting one another.

Rom 15:14 (ESV) I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.

Col 3:16 (ESV) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Col 1:28 (ESV) Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
Col 1:29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

1Th 5:11-14 (ESV) Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 12 We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.

Correcting and instructing one another is far more effective when it is done with love. If we do not have love, and all the qualities that go along with it, then the truth we speak will often not be heard nor understood.

1Co 13:1 (ESV) If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
1Co 13:2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

Think about how hard it would be to understand what I was saying if there was a huge gong being banged in the room while I spoke. The mystery of God is his truth revealed in scripture. This the greatest thing God could possibly give to us, yet if we have not love, we have NOTHING! We will all not have love at times in our lives.

Rom 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
Rom 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

Eph 3:3 (ESV) how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly.
Eph 3:4 When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ,
Eph 3:5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit.

1Co 13:3 (ESV) If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Col 1:24 (ESV) Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church,

1Jn 3:16 (ESV) By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.

Gal 6:2 (ESV) Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Once again, we can give up our lives for our brothers for their good, and if we do not have love, then we gain (benefit, profit) nothing. It’s saying that we’re still in our flesh if we don’t have love.

Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

So here is the definition of Love that is so critical for us to understand and live.

1Co 13:4-8 (ESV) Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

2Ti 2:24 (ESV) And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil (knowing that it is a trial from the Lord),
2Ti 2:25 correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth,
2Ti 2:26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

Gal 6:1 (ESV) Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

1Pe 5:6 (ESV) Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,

Also, consider someone’s position both physically and spiritually.

1Ti 5:1 (ESV) Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers,
1Ti 5:2 older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.

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