The Fear of the Lord 2
Pro 9:7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
Pro 9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
Pro 9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
Pro 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
In Job 28:28 we are told the same thing as the last part of this passage, that “The fear of the Lord” is wisdom, and to “Depart from evil” is understanding. How many of us really fear the Lord? How many can claim to have understanding? It seems a small thing to some of us, but it is of the utmost importance. The Proverb says to reprove a wise man and he will love thee: It will make him yet the wiser, and he will increase in learning. Be wise, and take reproof, realizing that is betters you; but be careful with whom you council lest you fall into the traps of Satan.
The Lord loves humility. I believe that this one attribute is the one that David impressed God with so that he became a man after God’s own heart. Humility is admitting wrong doing without excuse or passing the buck on to someone else. When we realize our faults and take total blame for them, we are exercising humility. The sin is not to be rebuked in pride, but with a sincere effort to see one do what is right; in this way, God will bless the sinner as well as the reprover. Our reproofs are to done in humility and prayer, allowing the Spirit of God to work through us. The two go hand in hand with one another; humility compliments the fear of the Lord, and the fear of the Lord promotes humility.