Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you, reprove a wise man and he will love you. Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser, teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning. – Proverbs 9:8-9
Solomon gave some simple instructions for anyone who serves in a position of spiritual or moral leadership over others. If we apply his words properly, it is possible for us to not only use them to examine those who teach, but to also evaluate the personal maturity of the learner.
1 – Does the learner love the one who rebukes him? He must be a wise person.
2- Is the learner growing in wisdom and instruction? Again, he must be wise.
3- Does he learn more than others when taught God’s truth? If so, he reveals the presence of Christ within.
Mockers (and those rebellious toward God) do none of these things, instead revealing darkened, stubborn, and unrepentant hearts. To be an able teacher or leader, one must remain teachable.
The best learning I had came from teaching. – Corrie Ten Boom