Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 18:2 A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.
Listen With Love
I sense conviction as I read this verse because I know I have not listened while others speak but have only been thinking of what I would say next and at times I have even interrupted others or spoken over them.
If you have children then you surly know how sometimes they can get louder and louder trying to make their case over another sibling… or maybe better yet… If you’ve ever watched an interview on a news channel where people of different parties are asked questions… and the interviewer is trying to be respectful and orderly and they ask them questions separately but they don’t have the discipline to wait their turn and talk over one another including the interviewer…
When a person of another faith comes to my door and expresses their religious world view I am tempted to talk over them at every turn… or even not listen much to what they are saying but rather be thinking about my defense. The same goes for relationships with people of different faiths. This is a major area of failure for believers in my opinion.
I think most people in the world would class themselves as socially deficient to some extent.
Relationships are not all about expressing our own opinion but also about listening and understanding others… listening, understanding, expressing… all with love.
Consider how we might relate to others in conversation like 1st Corinthians indicates… Notice that the first attribute Paul tells us about love is that it is patient.
1st Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.