Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; it is oil upon the head; do not let my head refuse it, for still my prayer is against their wicked deeds. – Psalms 141:5
There is something in the human psyche that rebels against rebuke or correction. Some call it “pride,” but it could also be insecurity. Whatever the reason for our reticence toward criticism, I have never known anyone who enjoyed being told that he or she was wrong. This might explain why men have such a hard time asking for directions!
King David speaks to us from the ancient past and tells us that we should not refuse the reproofs of the righteous. In fact, a rebuke from another believer may be considered an act of God’s faithful, covenant love, an oil or healing ointment for one in need of treatment. While no one “enjoys” receiving treatment for an illness, we all appreciate being cured.
Whom the Lord loves He chastens and His tool for chastening may be another brother or sister in Christ. We must simply learn to take our medicine.
A fault, opportunely rebuked, is like a cure timely taken. – Arthur Capel