It’s sometimes difficult to rebuke/reach out to unbelievers or not born again Christians. I have an unbelieving mother and older brother and some of my friends and relatives who are also unbelievers. Sometimes I find unbelievers when I use the internet or youtube with so many hurtful, egoistic, prideful and anti-God words. Truly we live in an increasing world of violence and great unbelief against the God of the Bible and against Lord Jesus Christ, the true and only way for salvation.
I was reading through Proverbs using ESV Bible to see another perception about wisdom and knowledge. I had read Proverbs before using KJV Bible and definitely it gives a different perception. Anyway, the verse I like the most for this night is found in Proverbs 9:7-8
Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury. Do not reprove a scoffer or he will hate you; reprove a wise man and he will love you.
When a believer of Christ sometimes comment about other people’s opinion especially if they are unbelievers, it is inevitable for a believer like me to feel hopeless on how so unbelieving and how distant these people are against Lord Jesus Christ. And King Solomon was right when he said we will only get hurt and discourage in trying to correct these unbelievers who scoff/mock/make fun of the truths of the Bible and the gospel of Christ. And also even if our intentions are good and right to try to reach out to lost people, but since they lack wisdom, it is like discouraging them even more. I have read one testimony of an atheist girl and her boyfriend who claims his a Christian from patheos.com. This atheist girl was highly irritated and insulted by her boyfriend’s parents who are Christians because they told her she is a sinner and that she is going to hell. Sometimes unbelievers don’t really understand their need of salvation and they don’t see themselves as a sinner and they are prideful. The best thing a Christian could do is to be wise and ask for instruction from the Holy Spirit so that we (if not us then God) will soften their hearts.