“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.” (Proverbs 2:1–8, NIV 1984).
My Musings – A quick look at the internet, and even the news, will tell you that wisdom, knowledge, insight and understanding are in short supply. Fidelity to justice and faithfulness to what is true are being replaced with self-serving opinions. Many prefer to turn their ear away from what others might say or believe, no matter how wise it might otherwise seem. It is my belief the the truth is never afraid of open and honest debate. At the end of the day, there may still be a disagreement, but the parties to the debate need not be disagreeable.
My Advice – When in the midst of a disagreement, give the other party what you would want for yourself — courtesy, openness, and a listening ear. If you are on the side of truth, you have nothing to fear. You may discover that you were not on the side of truth, and you’ll be glad you listened. “My dear brothers [and sisters], take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for [one’s] anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” (James 1:19–20, NIV 1984).