I Admit It: I Was “Foolish”

I recently "lived" Proverbs 18:13 and it was a good reminder for me to listen and read things carefully.

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A few weeks ago, I lived Proverbs 18:13: 

“To answer before listening—that is folly and shame.” (NIV) 

I had lots of things on my mind, I’d been up in the middle of the night unable to sleep, and I answered an email expressing disappointment in the sender's response.

Later in the day, I sat down to respond to some other emails, and I reread the one I’d already answered. Guess what—I’d missed a paragraph. And the disappointment I expressed wasn’t relevant based on that paragraph. 

I felt embarrassed and humbled (“shameful and foolish”) when I wrote a second answer to the email asking forgiveness for my Proverbs 18:13 mistake. 

“Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.” (NLT) 

I also thought about James 1:19 which says, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” 

I wasn’t angry, just disappointed, but there are times I have gotten angry when I haven’t listened or read something carefully.  

I'm praying that my bad example will be a reminder to me to listen carefully in the future. And I hope it will be a reminder for you as well.


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I recently "lived" Proverbs 18:13 and it was a good reminder for me to listen and read things carefully.


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