An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Humble Listening

(Proverbs 27:2 KJV)  Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips.

I think there is a warning here for all of us.  Praise in public places is cheap and often dishonest.  When you hear a long glowing introduction you are best to ignore anything beyond simple facts such as where someone was born or where they went to school.  Judge the person on what they say and what you know they have done, not on someone’s glowing kissy-kissy fest.

You have all heard someone say, “This is a person who needs no introduction.”  Then they go on to introduce them.  Don’t fall into that trap as a speaker or as a listener.

So?  Simplicity and humility are key to being righteous.  We need to extend that to what we believe about others also.  Listen with wisdom.