Be Careful When Working With A Resister

Proverbs 9:7 Dissected and Defined

He that reproveth (verbally correct) a scorner (a resister) getteth to himself shame (injured reputation): and he that rebuketh (reveals a fault) a wicked man getteth himself a blot (blemish).

Daily-Devo Paraphrase

I have heard it said that you can tell a fool, but not much!

Being Careful When Working With People

Wisdom is teaching that we should be careful when working with people that reject the internal influences of the Holy Spirit. They can do us more harm than we can do good.

That is to say, that God is working in them. Our goal, when correcting an erring brother or unbeliever, is to get them in tune with their spirit’s work that is taking place on the inside. 

You can be sure that if God is internally prompting someone to get right and you are placing outside pressure on them to do right, that it will have a profound effect on someone who wants to be right but is struggling to find their way back. God uses the internal persuasion of the Spirit and the outside pressure of His God-ordained authority to “squeeze” His child or once born unbeliever into a right relationship with Him. 

A Resister Will Refuse Help

However, if a person doesn’t want to be intimate with God or with the Spirit that lives within him, then he is a resister. He will deny the internal persuasion of God and reject the outside pressure from you. Your verbal corrections or revelations of fault will not be appreciated. You will be scorned. 

As a matter of fact, it will leave you tarnished in their eyes. If they deny you, you can be sure they denied Him before they denied you. If they hate Him, they will hate you for the same reasons (John 15:18)!

As well, you can be sure that if you seek the company of wicked men with the hopes of doing them good, you are far more likely to be corrupted by them. 

Give them the pressure as long as they want it, even if they don’t respond to it. But when they no longer want it, then walk away. 

Someday they won’t deny that He cannot be denied. “Whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” — Matthew 10:33

Sharing is Caring

Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

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