Proverbs 9:8-9 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
Only impart wisdom to those who are ready to receive it. To the unwise, wisdom will seem like foolishness to them.
Wisdom is essential for everyone, but not everyone can receive it. Only impart wisdom to those that are at the place where they can receive it. We often operate with the notion that because someone is operating in error they are at the place where they can receive wisdom in the form of correction. Nothing could be further from the truth. Proverbs 9:8 tells that if you reprove or correct a scorner (someone who is proud and high minded) they will hate you for it. That was evident throughout Jesus’s ministry, his reprove of the action of the Pharisees, never made them any better but pushed them even more to want to kill him.
Save your wisdom for those who have a passion for it. Proverbs 9:8-9 identifies two characteristics of such a person. The first measuring stick of someone’s passion for wisdom is their response to an instruction. The scripture says give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser. He will be wiser because he follows the instruction and learns from it. The second characteristic of the wise is that they are willing to listen. Because they are willing to listen, as the scripture says when you teach them wisdom, they will increase learning.
What is the point of planting seeds in a soil that will not accept it? Plant it where it is wanted. Look for the wise to impart your wisdom to, they will choose to increase their learning. Additionally, do all to ensure that you too have the right attitude to wisdom. Follow instructions and become teachable by being willing to listen.
Life Application: Acquire the right attitude to wisdom and as you increase in wisdom only impart wisdom to those who can receive it.
Prayer: Lord, first help me to be wise and accept corrections from those who impart wisdom. Also, let me impart wisdom to those who are in a position to receive correction in love. In Jesus name, amen.