Book: Proverbs 18
“Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinion.”
Have you ever heard people arguing and when you listen in you realize they are misunderstanding each other? The more they argue it becomes clear they are more interested in their own opinions then they are in resolving the issue or understanding each other. This can be true in politics, employee disputes and even arguments between couples.
I remember hearing a person say one day, “it does not matter what the truth is, this is how I see it and I am sticking to my opinion.” May I suggest that was not a wise statement.
James 1:19-20 reminds us how as Kingdom builders we are to act when it says, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” Part of the reason for being quick to hear but slow to speak is so that we can take time to understand and consider how God wants us to respond. It is God’s truth not our opinion that has value.
As you speak and lead people may your primary interest be to communicate God’s wisdom not your own opinion. Ask God to help you lead well and understand all that you need to.