“I have not made trouble for Israel, but you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the LORD’S commands and have followed the Baals.”
-1 Kings 18:18 NIV
These words were spoken by the prophet Elijah to Ahab. Ahab was the most wicked king to ever rule over the people of Israel, and that’s quite a feat. Elijah was literally risking his life by confronting Ahab and telling him that he had abandoned the LORD”S commands, but that’s what the LORD told Elijah to do. Elijah was telling Ahab something that would benefit him greatly if only Ahab would listen. But Ahab did not like to be told that he was wrong. How well do YOU receive rebuke? Many people tend to get defensive and retaliate by pointing out the faults of the messenger or trying to justify their own sinful actions. It’s not just little children who need guidance and correction, we’re all sinners, and we all stray from the path God has laid out in His Word. Whether it’s a friend, your pastor, a church member, or a complete stranger, we should be thankful for those who have the courage to rebuke and correct us when we’re wrong. Thankfully we have a loving heavenly Father who forgives all our sins. In mercy and love He provides people to help keep us on track. Be wise, be humble and listen to them.