Proverbs 26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
Every remark, comment or uttered words does not always require a verbal answer. Your answer could be in your silence.
We are exhorted in this text to answer not a fool according to his or her foolishness. If you do, you are just as foolish as they are.
How is one that is foolish identified? Listen to the words they speak and watch their actions. Proverbs 14:7 Stay away from a foolish man, for you will not find competent advice.
Foolish people hates knowledge. Proverbs 1:22 How long, foolish ones, will you love ignorance? How long will you mockers enjoy mocking and you fools hate knowledge?
There are times when silence must be your answer when dealing with people that speak and act foolishly. If silence is your response, you will save yourself from a lot of stress, heartaches and headaches.
Yes, our flesh wants to get in the last word, but wisdom sees that the last word with a fool is not worth it, for it leads no where.
One thing for sure, "A closed mouth" speaks volumes of godly rebuke, unknowingly, to a fool.
The bible is full of scriptures that describes the characteristic of the foolish, often comparing them to one who is wise.
Eccleasties 10:2 The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.
Proverbs 12:15 The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.
The mind of a fool is not set on wisdom, but on folly. Therefore, we must not be wise in our own eyes, but instead seek God's Word for true wisdom and pursue it daily.
If we fail to pursue God's divine wisdom, we will never learn form our mistakes, but instead, daily repeat them over and over again to our own demise.
There will be times when you will have to answer a fool and there will be times when you shouldn't. answer a fool. Ask God to give you wisdom when to and when not to.
Wisdom from God allows us to make better use of it's time.
As one of the wisest man who ever lived, Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 3:7 -There is a time to speak an a time to shut up. There is a season for everything.
Remember, there is a time and a season when silence must be your answer.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for divine wisdom on today.
I love you all.
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