Proverbs 9:7 Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return. Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt.
8 So don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you.
But correct the wise, and they will love you.
9 Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser.
Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.
Great advice for us today! How much time do Christian’s waste rebuking people? A lot. It’s exasperating isn’t it? We know how to act and seek to help others do right, but they never listen! Well listen and apply to this and it may help.
Often we are rebuking mockers (people who are very sarcastic and scornful) and people who are intentionally not living their lives in obedience to God. The bible says this is futile, and you probably know this first had. This is not to say that we are to be silent in the face of sin. Absolutely not!
There are basically two extremes here. One side is loud and constantly rebuking others, while leaving out their own need for forgiveness. The other is quiet and humbly seeking Christ’s will for their lives. The problem with the last group is that they are too quiet. We have become permissive of sin, and many Christian participate in it.
Call a sin a sin, and then move on. If a person hasn’t found Jesus yet, work on leading them to God, and then helping them refine their rough edges. True wisdom comes from God, so how can people receive it if they don’t have Him? When you know a believer who needs instruction, then pray and move forward with instructing them according to God’s will.