Isn’t it amazing how many times we utter those words, “I knew that.” The reason we say those words is because we also realize that the knowledge was hiding in a place where we never look for answers or direction.
While we are to listen and be kind, we are also to be discerning. We want to believe our friends. We want to trust what they tell us. They may even be telling the truth the way they remember it. But... There are usually two sides to everything. We need to seek them out so that we can make our judgments. This applies in politics, theology, family matters and relations with our friends. If the person speaking is a gossip, then double all the values for waiting.
What about ourselves. Listen to yourself as you explain something you have done. Then ask yourself how a witness would have described the same event. We seldom look beyond what we feel about something. When we do we can see ourselves looking a bit foolish.
So? Value truth and honesty. That can be painful and inconvenient but truth also has eternal consequences. If we don’t accept the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life we are doomed. But notice who also is in the lake of fire,
(Revelation 21:8 KJV) But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.Notice right there with the unbelieving and murderers are the liars. Don’t join them.