Sunday, May 10, 2015

Wisdom & Listening to Advice

Wise and foolish people differ greatly.

A wise person listens well, is teachable, and seeks advice from others. A foolish person talks more than listens, is not teachable, and does not accept advice from others.

Here are five Proverbs that illustrate this:

Proverbs 12:15 – “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.”

Proverbs 13:10 – “By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.”

Proverbs 15:5 – “A fool despises his father's instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.”

Proverbs 18:2 – “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.”

Proverbs 19:20 – “Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.”

Questions for self-reflection:
1)      Are you a good listener?
2)      Are you teachable?
3)      Are you coachable?
4)      Do you accept instruction from those over you?
5)      Do you listen more than you talk?
6)      Do you take advice to heart?

We all want to be wise, and no one wants to be a fool. Seek today to grow in humility, admit you have many areas in which you need to grow, and listen carefully to the wise and godly people in your life. Seek to be a good listener, ask questions that help you grow, and be slow to talk. Pray that the Holy Spirit will empower you to accept instruction and grow in holiness and wisdom.

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