Proverbs 18:17

“The one who states his case first seems right,

  until the other comes and examines him.”

Proverbs 18:17 ESV

Wisdom requires that both sides in a dispute be heard. Wisdom also requires that judgement be held until the facts are examined. Lord, help me be wise when adjudicating a dispute.

Proverbs 17:10

“A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding

  than a hundred blows into a fool.”

Proverbs 17:10 ESV

This proverb speaks to the stubbornness of a fool, his unwillingness to be corrected.

Lord, please make me a man of understanding.

Proverbs 15:2

“A scoffer does not like to be reproved;

  he will not go to the wise.”

Proverbs 15:2 ESV

Willingness to receive correction is a critical factor for growing in godliness. Extending that thought just a bit is the idea of intentionally or actively seeking guidance or instruction. The fool certainly will not seek input from others.

What is your spirit toward correction, both solicited and unsolicited?

Proverbs 14:1

“The wisest of women builds her house,

  but folly with her own hands tears it down.”

Proverbs 14:1 ESV

Often the impression one can get from reading Proverbs is that foolishness is reserved for men. Here is a warning, Ladies. You can be fools too, and the damage can be equal to the damage done by a male fool.

Proverbs 13:3

“Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life;

  he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”

Proverbs 13:3 ESV

Abraham Lincoln often has been credited with saying, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.” Many people undoubtedly believe Lincoln was thinking of Proverbs 13:3. However, the emphasis in this verse is not to be silent, but to be guarded in what you say. Don’t just rattle off at the mouth. Rather, say valuable, life-giving, helpful things.

Ephesians 4:28 captures the point well: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Notice that Paul is not saying be silent or don’t say bad things. He is saying instead of bad things, say good things. Guard your tongue.

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