Thank you sir, may I have another?
The kindest, most thoughtful, loving words ever spoken to me, I hated. I resented not only the message, but the man.
When I was a youth, about early eighteen years of age, we had a guest from CA that help our youth group in Medical Lake for a season. This man was highly thought of by us all and was well appreciated by the church and mostly by the members of our youth group.
Just before he was to go back to CA, he invited me to his place for lunch. It was all small talk before lunch. But as we sat down to eat, the conversation changed. He brought up areas in my Christian walk that needed maturing, depth and growth.
I despised him. What would he know of me and my spiritual growth? After all, I was the unofficial youth leader. Everyone in the group looked to me, just below the youth pastor. How dare this man hurt me in such a way!
Do not 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 add to his learning.
I have read blogs of late that talk about so called Bible bashers that hurt people by guilting them into obedience. As if the so called Bible bashers are mean spirited, hateful, lacking of all love for the brethren.
So what is it, are they Bible bashers, or are they truly our friends. Their way seems right to those who are enraged at the Bible bashers. But where does one find wisdom? In the comfort of the way that seems right, or in the instruction of scripture?
The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.
Didn’t someone once say?:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Are we to assume we are to be politically correct in the church and not seek to reproof or correct anyone in the body for fear of being labeled a Bible basher?
Maybe those who are champion defenders of those poor Bible bashed believers, should consider is still inspired and profitable. Who asked for your defense on our behalf anyway?
As for me I found the correction life giving, “Thank you sir, may I have another.”
I have often lamented that I could not find that man who hurt me that day. How I have wished and wished that I could say thank you. He was the only one who spoke what I needed to hear. If you’re out there, thank you.
 Proverbs 9:8-9
 Proverbs 12:15
 2 Timothy 1:16-17