Being rebuked stinks. But just because something doesn’t feel good, doesn’t mean it’s not good for you. For example, God tells us that He chastens those He loves (Hebrews 12:6). Receiving correction is part of growing as a believer. We all make mistakes and everyone is deserving of rebuke now and again. How we receive that rebuke will determine a lot about yourself. If you get defensive, point the finger back at your accuser’s face, or just flat out ignore it, then you probably have a lot of growing to do.
The proverb above says he who disdains instruction hates his own soul. This is true because the correction you are receiving is for your betterment, it’s for you to grow in your character and become a godly man or woman. To refuse the rebuke or instruction, you refuse to grow and therefore punish yourself in the long run. Not every rebuke is worthy or accurate, but always take every rebuke seriously. You do that by humbling yourself before the Lord who is the author of wisdom and righteousness, present this rebuke at His feet and allow Him to share with you through the Holy Spirit and His Word, whether it’s true, somewhat true, or not true at all. He will be faithful to instruct you!
Pastor Jason Witt