The Rebuke of the Righteous

By Laura Ferguson


Are you easily offended? There is something about us that causes us to jump to battle stance when someone approaches us with a rebuke or, if you’re like me, even a gentle correction.

It’s hard to be told you are in the wrong.

But what about when it is coming from a trusted brother or sister in Christ?

“Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. Let a righteous man strike me–that is a kindness; let him rebuke me–that is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it, for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.”-Psalm 141:3-5 (NIV)

You see, we will never always do everything right. There will be times when those around us will need to correct us in love. It might be firm and it might be gentle, but it will happen. I assure it. The only One who never needed correcting was Christ Himself, and we are so not Him.

Knowing that this is a reality, what can we do? Well, we can do as the Psalmist did here and ask the Lord to keep watch over our tongues. To set a guard over our mouths, so that we can refrain from saying words that do harm.

We can also prostrate ourselves in such a way that the correction that will come is received with a spirit of gladness and gratitude. To be anointed with oil on your head is to set aside as blessed and called for the cause of Christ. With that being the case, I would rather be rebuked and called out of my sin so that God’s blessing and calling may remain over my life.

So as you go forward today, this week or even this month, remember that the rebuke of a righteous man or woman is yet another opportunity to remember that God has called you out for something greater. What a blessing it is to not be left to our sin.

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