Tuesday, August 25, 2009
"If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scoff, you alone will bear it." Proverbs 9:12
Receiving wisdom cannot fail to help, nor can it be taken away, because wisdom enters the heart (Proverbs 2:10). The key is to stay open, eager, teachable.
Though a scoffer abuses one who tries to help him (Proverbs 9:7), ultimately, he alone suffers for it. What is a "scoffer"? A scoffer is a person whose defiant tongue reveals a heart so self-assured (or self-pitying) that it rejects instruction. This fault-finding attitude may begin as a choice, but it hardens into character.
Ironically, the wise love to learn (Proverbs 1:5; 9:9). Instruction feels to them like love. But the unwise know so much already, instruction feels to them like an insult.
The gospel is Christ himself calling us all into "newness of life" (Romans 6:4) by being "transformed by the renewal of your mind" (Romans 12:2). The "new" is the gospel adventure into personal change. It cannot fail to help. It cannot be taken away.