“Haughtiness goes before destruction; humility precedes honor. Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.”
Proverbs 18:12-13 NLT
In these concise statements, there are three basic principles for making sound decisions: (1) Get the facts before making any decision; (2) be open to new ideas; (3) make sure you hear both sides of any story before judging. All three principles center around seeking additional information. This is difficult work, but the only alternative is prejudice—judging before getting the facts. (Tyndall study Bible)
Over the weekend I was sent this link Ten ways to love. I thought that we should spend some time and focus on these points. It refers ten Bible verses, and the resource is http://www.biblword.net.
We are currently spending time, In Church on God’s unconditional love for us. Kwon as “Agape love.” And in turn how we should behave toward others.
The first reading is from Proverbs 18 it asks you to read the whole chapter. I suggest you do that as well. There are some interesting truths hidden. I have quoted a couple of verses, from Proverbs that means the most to me. They just stood out to me.
Let’s start with the word “haughtiness.” – haugh·ti·ness, noun
the appearance or quality of being arrogantly superior and disdainful.
“her air of haughtiness.”
synonyms: arrogance, conceit, pride, hubris, hauteur, vanity, self-importance, pomposity, condescension, disdain, contempt,
My Question is can you Love unconditionally with any of these traits. I don’t think you can. Our experience of God is Jesus, or at least this is what we can relate to. Does any of these traits fit His Character? Nope, I don’t think so. Jesus was the example of Humble. So the opposite is true Humility. Take the time and Google humility, interesting.
The next point in Proverbs is listening before you talk. Don’t just speak.
Take time to listen carefully. If you read the Bible, you notice that Jesus was an attentive listener. He always asked a question in reply, not blurting an opinion.
Why am I taking the time to talk about “Love,” because the God’s word teaches and I need teaching? All the advice and education is in Bible.
If you apply just these two traits in your personal life, you would be better off. “Humble and Listen”
“Lord I pray for guidance from Your word. Amen.”