“Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult; whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse.” Proverbs 9:7.
Back in the day, I was that mocker. I was a mocking fool. I hated my environment and everyone in it. Even the people I liked and got along with, deep down I hated them.
I can specifically remember back to 2006. I was mocking Ronny in front of dayroom full of people. I was mocking the way he walked & talked. I was making everyone laugh at his expense.
In return, Ronny rebuked me. He started to mock me. He walked around with his chest pushed out, talking about, “I’n Steve Jennings. I’m better than everyone else. I’ll beat your ass! Whoopty whoop, whoopty whoop.”
Then everyone started laughing at me. My mind instantly switched gears and I got hostile and aggressive. I got in Ronnie’s face, nose to nose, and said through a clinched jaw, “You’re right, I am better than your junkie heroin ass. And you’re right, I will beat your ass!” Then I pushed him.
He said, “Oh, you can dish it out but can’t take it!”
As I walked toward him I said, “Keep talking and I’ll wire your jaw shut.”
At this point, no one was laughing anymore. The tension was high as everyone expected a fight.
I tell this story to illustrate the truth in these scriptures.
As I think back over the years, I can recall numerous times when I shot insults to those who were simply trying to correct me.
“If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.” Proverbs 8:12
For years I was a mocker. And for years, I suffered. Today I seek wisdom and understanding. Today I will focus on the scriptures and live in harmony with the word of God. Today will be a good day.
Thank you for reading.