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The Know-it-all

Proverbs 13:10 Pride causes arguments, but those who listen to others are wise.

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Why is it that some people become wise, and others, frankly, just don’t? What is it that holds some people back, from the getting of wisdom?

There are two types of people, who above all others, drive us completely insane. The first is the hypocrite. And the second … is the know-it-all. And my hunch is, the know-it-all is actually the worst, because you just can’t work with them.

Now there’s nothing wrong with being smart. There’s nothing wrong with being focussed and driven. Good leaders are often like that.

But the know-it-all is someone who simply can’t accept good counsel or advice. When they finally close their mouths to stop talking, it’s not so that they can listen and learn; it’s not so they can take on board advice from someone else; it’s not so they can understand how the other person feels.

No, the only reason the know-it-all shuts up, is to think of what to say next! Being a know-it-all, springs out of a deep root of selfishness and pride.

Proverbs 13:10 Pride causes arguments, but those who listen to others are wise.

Look, none of us has it all together. None of us is perfect. We all have flaws and blind spots. We all have our limitations. But when we hang onto those weaknesses as though they’re strengths; when we cling to our ignorance as though it’s truth, it causes conflict.

On the other hand, those who have a teachable heart, those who are prepared to listen to, and act on good advice, those that don’t cling to their limitations, but grow by learning from others, those people, are the ones who end up growing in wisdom.

Pride causes arguments, but those who listen to others are wise.

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