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The ear that listens to life-giving reproof 
will dwell among the wise. 
Proverbs 15:31

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. 
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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!
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