Don The Armour

September 10, 2023

Let a righteous man strike me – it is a kindness;
let him rebuke me – it is oil for my head;
let my head not refuse it.

Psalm 141:5 (ESV)


It can be hard to rebuke a brother, and receiving a rebuke can be even harder. However, we can all grow blind to our own sin and error; sometimes, we need someone to point it out to us. It’s important to understand that this is the loving thing to do, even though it is uncomfortable. To allow your brother to continue on the wrong course, especially if he’s unaware, is unloving. And even more unloving is talking about it behind his back without making him aware.

Paul tells us how to correct and restore a brother in his letter to the Galatians.

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. (Gal. 6:1)

We need to realize that if we receive a rebuke from a trusted brother, it comes from love. To be angry or offended at a valid rebuke given by a brother in a spirit of gentleness is to be prideful. We should be grateful to have someone who loves us enough to correct us, as David was in this Psalm.