But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
I think I have missed the point of reproving. This statement in the ESV let’s me re-evaluate my way of thinking around telling people what the are doing wrong. I always thought, and maybe you joined me, that we should tell people what they are specifically doing wrong. In essence I must admit, the word means just about that, but I think the most powerful reproving is like this verse says.
If i walk into a dark house and switch on the light, are the creatures of darkness are reproved! They run away. I don’t have to go to every individual cockroach to show out it’s mistakes!!!! Never. They run simply because the light is on and there is reproving because there is light. If we are light SIN is revealed, deception flees and immoral behaviour Is shown to be wrong.
God wants to use you as a light/burning fire!
Reprove ……… By being light,not by criticism!