Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Communication Part 3

We have seen that the first two reasons why someone may not approach us in a time of need have a lot to do with their perception of us. The last three deal more intimately with matters of the heart.
3.  They do not want to be challenged to change their thinking.  (Exhortation)
The Book of Proverbs (and elsewhere in Scripture) speaks of the bend inside everyone to resist being told that they are wrong.  Nobody likes that.  The foolish shun rebuke and the wise are wiser because of it. (Proverbs 9:7-9)  It is an attack against the prideful heart of man.  This is one of the reasons people look for sympathetic ears... because they know they will not (usually) be challenged to change their thinking or called to repentance.

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