Biblical Reflections: Proverbs 13:1

Proverbs 13:1 – A wise son heareth his father’s instruction: but a scorner heareth not rebuke.

Few things are more hurtful for a parent than a disobedient child. A rebellious child is like a curse, a trial, and an embarrassment. When we see misbehaving children, we wonder about the parents even if we know they tried. On a positive note, good children glorify their parents. To a much greater degree, Christians are a reflection of their Heavenly Father.

Jesus, the Son of God, lived to glorify God the Father. Furthermore, He said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Like the Moon reflects the light of the Sun, we should wax brighter and brighter as we move out of the shadow of the world.

When we glorify Him, we bask in the brightness of His Light and shine with His righteousness. Sadly, when wane in brightness, we hide the light and cast shadows of confusion. Our sins are always against the Father. It is His holiness that is impugned by our failures, because we are His workmanship created for good works not sin. Therefore, brothers and sisters, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2).

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