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“A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it…” – Proverbs 29:11

There are three things to do to get wisdom: Seek wisdom early1 and listen to instruction.2

-fritz

1 – Proverbs 8:17
2 – Proverbs 4:13

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Giving and Receiving Advice

“Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.” – Solomon (Proverbs 4:10)

Every good father wants his children to be successful.

Though Solomon’s sons did not heed his advice, God used that fatherly desire and those fatherly words to give wisdom to the sons of God (both men and women) throughout the centuries.

As a father it can be discouraging when one’s children care little for your advice – but we continue, knowing God can use it for his glory and for the benefit of his children. And just because one’s children don’t listen now doesn’t mean they won’t listen later.

– fritz

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“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” – Proverbs 4:23

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” – Proverbs 23:7a

“Heart” doesn’t just mean a blood pump, it means the core of one’s being. We use the term similarly all the time. It refers to our motives and deep desires which are sometimes unknown even to ourselves.

This arena is not found with microscopes, stethoscopes, or telescopes. It is, in that sense, “spiritual” instead of “physical” though some say it is the result of our physical composition.

Also in that sense, everyone has a spiritual formation – be they preachers, businessmen, terrorists, world leaders, dictators or the unemployed – and it is here where change must, and can take place.

“Indeed, the only hope of humanity lies in the fact that, as our spiritual dimension has been formed, so it also can be transformed. Now and throughout the ages this has been acknowledged by everyone who has thought deeply about our condition—from Moses, Solomon, Socrates, and Spinoza, to Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Oprah, and current feminists and environmentalists. … Disagreements have only to do with what in our spirit needs to be changed and how that change can be brought about. AND ON THESE TWO points lies the inescapable relevance of Jesus to human life.”1

– fritz
1 – Dallas Willard, Renovation of the Heart, NavPress, pg. 14

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