Read: Proverbs 9
Key Verse: “Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you.” - Proverbs 9:8
Your character is made known through your reactions. Are you patient or impatient? Self-controlled or letting your emotions control you? Forgiving or resentful? Grateful or greedy? Approachable or walls of pride? Your relationships suffer when your reactions are in the flesh instead of the Spirit. God brings accountability and growth through the Holy Spirit, but He also uses people in your life to refine you too.
Who rebukes you most often? How do you respond when you are rebuked? Mockers hate to be rebuked. Wise people appreciate an honest rebuke. When you need to have an honest conversation with someone, pay attention to their character. There are some people who let you speak truth into their lives and others who will become bitter. Choose your words, timing, and recipients well!
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