Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you. Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.
– Proverbs 9:8-9 (NIV)
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
How do you know if someone is wise? See how they handle correction, because correction exposes our insecurities. The mocker will feel threatened and respond negatively, while the wise person will see the care in the correction. No one is perfect, and the sooner that we admit that and humble ourselves to others the sooner we are on God’s road to wisdom.