As a contributing part to any type of two way relationship have you ever begun a conversation with "Listen to me." when really what you mean is "Listen to my words, advice, counsel. We feel like we have the best advice to offer on any given set of topics. At that moment, for that conversation we are the expert. We have said those words with our children, our subordinates, our friends and our family. We ask for others to "Listen" when really we have not been listening. In order to impart sound advice we must first listen to and seek wise counsel ourselves.
We are not naturally wise or good at heart, but we think we are. Therefore, whether or not we can listen to and submit to wise counsel becomes a defining part of our character. So if you want to be a fool and give foolish advice, if you desire to wreck your life and someone else's life, the easiest way to do so is not to listen to the wise counsel of those that shared their counsel with you.
Solomon began Proverbs by saying that wisdom includes listening and obtaining guidance, but fools reject wisdom (1: 5,7). We read the same thing in Proverbs 15: 31-33,
One who listens to life-giving rebukes will be at home among the wise. Anyone who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever listens to correction acquires good sense. The fear of the Lord is what wisdom teaches, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:31-33
Wisdom will not come to us unless we "listen" to the words of wise counsel. I/You need the counsel of the wise because if I/You think we don't, then we are deceiving ourselves into thinking that we are perfect and that we have all of the answers.
Remember this week to stop and listen before you offer your input, suggestion, counsel or correction. Take the time to seek our wise counsel yourself and without a doubt take the time to seek the counsel of your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!