Peter Horrobin

Founder & International Director of Ellel Ministries

How Do You Receive a Rebuke?

Proverbs 2:23, NIV
“If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you

and made my thoughts known to you.”

None of us likes to receive a rebuke. However, a rebuke given in love is like the

lines of a railway, keeping the engine and the train on track and going in

the right direction. But there is an enemy within which each one of us has

to contend with, which hates a rebuke from the Lord and does everything it

possibly can to rise up in rejection of the loving advice which is implicit

within a rebuke from the Lord. And the name of that enemy? Pride!

When pride is given control of our emotions and our reactions we put

ourselves in a potentially dangerous place and, what is more, we miss out on

all that God was waiting to pour into our hearts in order to bless,

encourage and direct our steps with His all-embracing love. He does not

reject those He rebukes, for a rebuke from the Lord is a hallmark of His

love.

A rebuke from the Lord, correctly received, opens the doors of our soul to

the leading of the Spirit of God and knowing God`s thoughts for our lives.

But He`s not going to pour into our hearts all the things that He longs for

us to understand, if as a result of our pride we have given God the signal

that we don`t want to hear His voice.

In order to understand the ways of the Lord we have to learn to both

recognise His voice when He speaks and respond gladly, even if what He says

is a corrective rebuke. If we can learn to silence the voice of pride and

learn from the gentle leading of the Lord, He will be constantly speaking

His wisdom into our hearts and our lives will be kept safely on track.

Prayer: I`m sorry, Lord, for the times when I have rejected Your loving rebuke into my life. Please forgive me for allowing pride to stand in the

way if You pouring out your heart into mine. I choose, Lord, to welcome Your

rebuke whenever it`s necessary and ask You to keep on pouring out Your heart

of love into mine. In Jesus`s name, Amen.

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