It’s Monday, the 28th, let’s look at Proverbs chapter 28. Verse 23 jumps out to me: “He who rebukes a man will afterward find more favor than he who flatters with his tongue.” Key word here may be ‘afterward’. Very few people will be grateful immediately after a correction, even fewer after a rebuke. The typical person likes to hear ongoing unconditional affirmation. But later on – afterward, the affirmation will seem weak if it was correction that was needed. It is then, ‘afterward’, when a rebuke is appreciated. Good friends and wise counsel don’t flatter for short term favor. I need to be thinking long term.
What other wisdom can we find in Chapter 28?