What do you think of when you hear the word "rebuke"?
Jesus rebuked demons.
Disciples rebuked people for bringing children to him.
Jesus rebuked fever.
Jesus rebukes us.
rebuke: to criticize or reprove sharply; reprimand.
reprove: to voice or convey disapproval
reprimand: to reprove severely, especially in a formal or official way
Proverbs 9:7 - Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult. Whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse.
Proverbs 9:8 - Rebuke a wise man and he will love you.
Proverbs 28:23 - He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor than he who has a flattering tongue.
Luke 17:3 - If your brother sins, rebuke him.
2 Timothy 4:2 - Rebuke with great patience & careful instruction.
Rev. 3:19 - Those I love I rebuke and discipline.
2 Samuel 12 - Nathan rebukes David
2 Tim 3:14-17 - All scripture is God-breathed and useful for.....rebuking
Why are Christians so afraid of rebuking each other today?
What is the best form of rebuking?
Where is the line between rebuking and judging?
I told the story of something that happened to me the Friday night before this Sunday morning lesson. I was covering a high school football game for the Tennessean. After the game I was waiting to interview the coach so I walked up near his huddle on the field.
The coach berated his players with a profanity-laced tirade that left my ears ringing. Then he did the strangest thing. He asked all his players to "touch somebody" and then promptly led them in one of the most eloquent prayers I've ever heard.
I left the field not knowing what to do, but feeling led to say something to him. I wanted to do it tactfully, respectfully and in a manner that didn't come across as judgmental.
Two days later I wrote him a letter. I first thanked him for the prayer and then told him the story of how I used to struggle with cussing. I told him how God had helped me beat it, how He convicted me it was wrong. I cited two passages of scripture (Ephesians 4:29 and Ephesians 5:1-6).
I haven't heard from him yet and may never. I will let you know if I do.