(Proverbs 25:12 KJV) As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
The Holy Spirit motivates some faithful people to reprove, rebuke and correct. The devil motivates others. To whom do we listen?
Listening is as important as speaking. Actually it is more important because people speak whether it is God directed or not. We need to develop our listening skills. Another qualification of reproof is a “listening” (8085) “ear” (241).
Sometimes this involves discernment. We need to know the character of the person offering advice. Are they reliable?
We need to be immersed in an awareness of what the Bible teaches. If you don’t know what God has to say about marriage, how can you evaluate current events and social pressure?
Sometimes it involves just a bit of common sense. But keep in mind that common sense is based on the information you have stored in your data base. If you have not done your homework your common sense has some glaring holes in it.
So? Do your part. Be open to reproof but make sure that you are listening as a Bible believer, not just a follower of Dr. Phil.