I resist the temptation to post something like this on my personal facebook page, although I admit there are days I would love to, LOL. Our pastor is preaching about spiritual maturity in the life of the believer. This weekend it was the character trait of remaining teachable. Reading these flame wars that erupt on facebook, it seems that hardly anyone is open to correction these days.
“He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself,
And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself.
Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you;
Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. Pro 9:7-9
Most of us stay out of these “discussions” that take place via social media, because we know that if we venture to offer our opinion, we will get shamed for it from some quarter or another. And this is often enough from brethren! But if we were wise, we could accept listening to others, maintaining a teachable heart and spirit, and sift through what we have heard so that we may increase in learning.
In reality, we don’t want to shut discussions down. If we can engage others with humility and love, rather than with humiliation and shaming, God can open doors for our witness. Let me increase in wisdom, maturity, and learning, Father! ♥