The one who corrects a mocker will bring dishonor on himself; the one who rebukes a wicked man will get hurt. Don’t rebuke a mocker, or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will learn more.
Proverbs 9:7-9 HCSB
Correct : point out errors in to improve
Rebuke : to express stern disapproval of
Someone who consistently does the wrong things and knows it, someone who mocks those who do right…don’t waste your time with them. They are not wise, they dont want your advice, and they don’t want to do what is right.
One who is wise, and wants to do what is right, will accept your rebuke and learn from it.
Instruct : to furnish with knowledge
Teach : to give instruction to/in
Help those who are wise, they will learn, they will grow, they will get wiser.
How do you know who is wise? Are they willing to learn? Do they apply what they learn in their lives? Are they open to suggestion?
Are you wise? Are you a mocker? How do you respond when others try to help you? A mocker hates and rejects instruction. A wise person loves and uses instruction.
Who do you want to be?