Proverbs 19:11 – “A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offence.”
How interesting it is that God’s way is often quieter and seemingly counter-intuitive. It is easy to give credence to people who speak firmly, quickly, judgmentally and confidently but this does not mean anything at all. Quite likely they are the words of a fool – perverse lips, hasty feet, raging heart, surrounded by listeners (“friends”). Several times in the Word God’s voice sounds like the absence of these – a still small voice – despite His ability to do quite the opposite (for example in the latter chapters of Job). So you and I must keep looking for the true value of knowledge and wisdom beyond the revered shock jocks and 24-second news cycles of this age. Then we will not be deceived.
Ephesians 5:6 – “Let no one be deceived with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.”