Have you ever offered someone advice and they have completely ignored your suggestions? Or have you ever had a person mock your advice? Well, chances are that even if this hasn't happened to your face, that it has happened behind your back. And the feeling I get, when this happens, is "why did I even bother? Why did I waste my advice on someone who was too stubborn to listen?"
Clearly, Solomon felt the same at some point in time, because he wrote these words:
"Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return.
Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt.
So don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you.
But correct the wise, and they will love you.
Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser.
Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom.
Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.
Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life.
If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit.
If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer." - Proverbs 9:7-12
I sometimes get the feeling that all the 'advice' we have been getting on Covid-19 is almost overwhelming and some people are choosing to ignore very good advice. I understand that information overload is a very real danger, but we need to discern which advice is best for us and our families.
“Listening is an art that requires attention over talent, spirit over ego, others over self.” Dean Jackson
Living in Grace