(Proverbs 18:17 KJV) He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
Who is really the “first” (7223) in his own “cause” (to plead a case NASB) (7379)? When I read this I think of other people giving testimony and the caution makes sense. Listen to both sides before you come to a decision. Take a step back and get introspective. What is the first to submit information when we are involve? For me it would be my memory.
Have you ever returned to a place seared in your memory from childhood and found that things were not near as big or scary as you remember? Most new situations are evaluated by what we already know or have experienced. You can second guess yourself into paralysis if you take this too far, but it is healthy to get in the habit of questioning your memory when it does not seem to mesh with what you are seeing or hearing now.
So? Don’t rush to judgment unless you only have a split second to make a decision. Take the time to think and listen. Allow the Holy Spirit and His agents to help you clarify your day.