Proverbs 28:23 – “He that rebuketh [reprove; correct; chasten; judge] a man afterwards [follow] shall find [meet; get; attain] more favour [grace; kindness] than he that flattereth [separate; divide to; smoother; charm; please] with the tongue [language].”
The recipient of a “rebuke” does not enjoy correction when it is given; however, the passing of time vindicates the admonisher whose wise reproof is motivated by love and compassion.
My friend, the person who flatters you for favor may earn your shallow friendship, but it is the one who loves your soul enough to speak Truth that you will one day cherish.
Proverbs 28:24 states a truth too many parents have suffered.
Proverbs 28:24 – “Whoso robbeth [spoil; take away; consume; seize] his father or his mother, and saith [answer; speak; tell], It is no transgression [sin; rebellion; trespass]; the same is the companion [fellow; associate; united; knit together] of a destroyer [corrupt man].”
I have heard the horror stories of older, well-meaning parents who, whether out of love or guilt, allowed a son or daughter to ravage their life savings and retirement on the dissipations of sins and lawlessness.
Mom and dad, your adult son or daughter may choose the path of a fool; however, you share in their sins when you refuse to recognize they are who their friends are [a “companion” is one who shares the same character and bent].
Be forewarned: A fool has no regret for his wicked ways and feels no gratitude for those who support and enable him.
Copyright 2015 – Travis D. Smith