8/21 Proverbs 12:15

15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.

Pride is such a curse! It seems that everyone is sure he or she is right and those of another opinion are just ignorant or stubborn. It is true in politics, theology, and even within families. It is hard to find the gentle soul that tries to find common ground and learn the reasons behind other opinions. It is even rarer to find someone who genuinely seeks advice, but this verse calls that person a wise man. Man just seems to think he knows it all, but this verse calls him a fool.

I have seen the inability to hear the other side played out in numerous arenas. It usually ends in animosity and division. Sometimes those on both sides are saying the same things in a different way, but their pride prevents them from seeing it. In those scenarios, both sides lose because they are too prideful to listen and learn. Instead of hearing what is said, they take the opposition's remarks as a personal attack and become even more inflexible to defend their egos.

Humility is such a blessing! People with humble souls realize and note their own errors. This gift helps them to maintain that humility that weighs the advice of others and consider their words. That humility lessens trust in self and looks to the Lord for guidance and wisdom, which often comes through others. They always welcome correction from God's Word, which is the only trustworthy arbitrator of truth. This makes the wise person even wiser. They are people of peace and reconciliation. How the world needs these gentle people today!

Consider: You may not be that humble person now, but the Spirit of the Lord will transform you, if you will begin to allow Him to correct you. The next time differences arise, be determined to listen to the Lord before you speak. Look for truth in what people are saying. Endeavor to understand their viewpoints.