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Who Is A Wise Person - Listens To Counsel

"Who is wise and understanding among you? (Jas.3:13). "The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice" (Prov.12:15).

As we continue our study of what constitutes a wise person, we come to an aspect of wisdom that is often overlooked. It is overlooked for the most part because of a lack of humility that many folks have. I hearken back to my youth for a couple of gems about wisdom. My dad used to say this; "Never wise up a fool, because then he will try to make a fool out of you..." Perhaps a convoluted way to look at things, but I got the idea. A cousin of mine, though not a close one, said this; "When I'm right, I'm right... When I'm wrong, I'm right!" Perhaps you know from this why I was not very close to her. Lastly we look at the wisdom of Abraham Lincoln... Lincoln had one of the most diverse cabinets of all the presidents that preceded him, and he used these two rationales.... (1) "Keep you friends close, and your enemies closer..." (1) "I would rather have my enemies urinating out of my tent than into it..." (the original language was a bit "saltier"). Lincoln knew the benefits of getting wise counsel, even if it came from people he did not always agree with. As Christians, we must not put ourselves out on an island because that would make us foolish. Remember, we are studying about who is the wise person... No one can really tell a fool anything, as he or she must learn everything the hard way. Of course, we would be foolish not to use our Bibles as sources of wisdom, as Paul wrote to Timothy; "All scripture is God-breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work..." (2 Tim.3:16-17). There are so many important decisions we must make each day, so lets not be so foolish that we do not seek wise counsel. I'll leave you with several scriptures from the Book of Proverbs to read and meditate upon today. I think it would be wise of us to do this... Proverbs 11:14, 13:10, 19:20, 24:6, 27:9, 15:31-33. Perhaps you will find a few that you would like to share with me...

Have a great day... Make your little part of the world better.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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