“He that is open to flattery is fenced against admonition” ~ Flattery Quotes
Who among us has not, at some point in our life, had that expression displayed on our face? What parent has not seen it on the face of their child?
Merriam-Webster online defines “admonish” as…
1 a : to indicate duties or obligations to
b : to express warning or disapproval to especially in a gentle, earnest, or solicitous manner
2: to give friendly earnest advice or encouragement to
Unfortunately, admonishment seems to be a lost practice in today’s culture. We are continuously bombarded with everything from the “I’m ok, you’re ok” mentality to the lie of “political correctness” permeating into every crevice of our lives…including the “church”. Well…here’s a little admonishment for us all…
Acts 5:29(AMP) Then Peter and the apostles replied, We must obey God rather than men.
Our Father has not given us “recommendations” for living a Godly life. He has given us our orders.
The Scriptures tell us…
Ecclesiates 4:13(NKJV) Better a poor and wise youth
Than an old and foolish king who will be admonished no more.
And yet admonishment is harder to swallow than a bitter pill. When being admonished, a combination of ego, pride and self-preservation seem to swell up, in the deepest chambers of our hearts, resisting acknowledgement of any and all light shed on habits, behaviors, attitudes or thoughts being highlighted that may need to change. But…Resistance is futile. It may well be in our human nature, however that nature is exactly what we are commanded to overcome. When we find ourselves in a position of being admonished, it is more healthy for our spirit and more pleasing to God, to swallow our pride, take a serious inventory of our heart and make the change. The more we resist the harder our walk will become.
And when we’re in the position of admonishing someone else, we need to be sure to keep it in a sphere of Godly compassion guided by Divine wisdom.
Romans 15:14(AMP) Personally I am satisfied about you, my brethren, that you yourselves are rich in goodness, amply filled with all [spiritual] knowledge and competent to admonish and counsel and instruct one another also.
We are given explicit insight/instructions, not only in the admonishing of others, but on the condition our hearts should be in when dealing with a brother or sister in Christ as they stumble into disobedience or wrong thinking.
2 Thessalonians 3:14-15(AMP) But if anyone [in the church] refuses to obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he may be ashamed. Do not regard him as an enemy, but simply admonish and warn him as [being still] a brother.
Colossians 3:16(AMP) Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts.
Luke 17:3(AMP) Pay attention and always be on your guard [looking out for one another]. If your brother sins (misses the mark), solemnly tell him so and reprove him, and if he repents (feels sorry for having sinned), forgive him.
Is it even remotely possible for God to make it any more clear?
May we find our ears deaf to flattery and open to the admonition of our Lord as He directs the paths of His Saints.