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).
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.