8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
This verse is highlighted to me today, as I'm at Preview Days for Mid-America Baptist Seminary. I'm hoping to finish my M.Div. through their distance learning program here, and wanted to take the opportunity to come see the new campus.
You see, I attended this seminary before. I didn't finish, and I don't know that we parted on the best of terms. I, personally, left upset. I don't think anyone with the seminary noticed I left.
Some of what I learned and received while I was here the first time was easy, and some was hard. Some was encouraging, and there was some that easily qualifies as a rebuke or as being reproved. What's reproved? Corrected, shown the truth in contrast to your own ideas.
I didn't always take kindly to the reproval. Point of fact, I left here with very little love for MABTS or for several professors.
Now, I'm back, hoping they'll take me back, realizing that one of the things I need is to learn, to grow, and to build the relationships that seminary fosters. Will I get some reproval while I'm at it? I'm fairly certain I will. I'm also certain that I need it.
All to that say, I'm hoping this is evidence I'm maturing a little, moving past the fool and into the wise man a bit better. I know I need that more than the Greek or the Hebrew, although I really want all the learning I can stand.