The ear that listens to life-giving reproof
will dwell among the wise.
Listening to others before you speak is indeed a trait that is very seldom exercised. Whether asked or not we tend to share our opinion. We do so with our family, friends, and co-workers. 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.
A teachable person will become wise. This proverb forms a single sentence; it shows how the one who listens to reproof that is beneficial to life will be at home with the wise. Are you teachable? No matter your age or your life experience everyone of us should be teachable. There will be times when you will need to stop and listen prior to giving advice and/or reproof. Likewise there will be times when your own ear will need to be sensitive to that individual that is imparting advice and/or reproof to you.
Not a single one of us is immune to thinking we "know it all" Young pastors often think they are wiser than older pastors. Teens think they are wiser than their experienced parents. Young people who are dating and think they are "in love" persist in their perspective despite everyone who cares about them telling them it's a bad idea. In each of these situations they/we will not listen to anyone, and they/we act like everyone sees the situation wrongly except them! Thus, we need to listen to outside counsel and advice to correct our path. We need to listen to God's Word (Colossians 3:1) and consider the counsel of trusted friends.
President Lincoln was quoted as saying "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt." Take time this week to stop, look and listen for the movement of God. Take time to hear the advice of the wise around you.