Friday, April 29, 2016

Proverbs 14:6 -- On Scorn and Understanding

"A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth."
Proverbs 14:6

This idea that scorn prevents us from developing wisdom is both interesting and also a little scary.  It's really easy to dismiss things that we don't like, or even to scorn people that we don't understand.  If we don't like a certain political party, skin color, opinion, type of music, hobby or interest, religion, clothing style, way of life, etc. we often mock it among others who are like-minded.  We even criticize one another over gender and weight and beauty.

It's easy to do, but God tells us here that scorn harms our ability to gain wisdom.  Instead, if we focus on understanding others, on finding out more about them and loving them, then we learn more, and we will gain a lot of wisdom in learning from the people around us.

Today, let's remember not to scorn, and work on that.  Let's be more mindful of the things and the people that we don't understand, and instead of dismissing them, let's work on that understanding, compassion, and love, that God asks us to have for others.

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