How do you respond to correction? Proverbs indicates our wisdom or lack of it is shown by how we react to admonition. Some leaders live as if they were accountable to noone and that all of their decisions are some how mystically infallible.
In Luke 3:19-20, we are provided with the example of a leader who didn’t take kindly to rebuke. He was wrong, clearly wrong in his conduct. He had violated God’s standards and when the prophet–a man sent from God–pointed this out, he added another entry to his record book of sin.
“But when John rebuked Herod the tetrarch because of Herodias, his brother’s wife, and all the other evil things he had done, Herod added this to them all: He locked John up in prison.”
God is omniscient. He knows all things and He alone is the judge of all the earth. One day every single person will stand before Him and give an account of every decision made. As I have followed court trials in recent months, I have noted the meticulous records kept, the trails of Internet “searches,” the list of “text messages,” the record of every “call” made. The truth is “Nothing is hidden in God’s sight. He sees and knows all things!”
How much wiser to respond to the admonition of truth, spoken in love (hopefully), than to ignore the challenge and add to your record book of evil things. The message of the gospel is that Christ died for our sins. Christ paid by His death the punishment for all the evil things we have done. There is a choice to be paid – either make your own payment for evil or accept the payment of the one who cried out in victory on the cross – “It is finished!” “Paid in full!”
The hymn writer portrays this amazing plan with the words….
JESUS paid it all, All to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow!