13 To answer before listening—that is folly and shame. 15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out. 17 In a lawsuit, the first to speak seems right until someone comes forward and cross-examines.
18:13, 15, 17 In these concise statements, there are three basic principles for making sound decisions: (1) Get the facts before making any decision; (2) be open to new ideas; (3) make sure you hear both sides of any story before judging. All three principles center around seeking additional information. This is difficult work, but the only alternative is prejudice—judging before getting the facts. Tyndale. Life Application Study Bible NIV
As leaders in the Christian life, I look back at my Pops. He always listens to what was said before he ever spoke. And when he did speak it was always and is always from God’s perspective, not from his own. Today's society wants things to be right by their standards which are not always what God’s will is. And a lot of the time they don’t or won’t listen to men of God because they don’t want to accept the truth. The fact that they could be wrong. And we are seeing so much untruth being sold as the TRUTH especially in todays politics and society in general.
ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and listen, learn and always speak what God wants, not what you or others want to hear.
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