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Is That So?

The wise man observed, “The first to plead his case seems right, until another comes and examines him” (Proverbs 18:17). We would all do well to remember this gem of truth.

In an effort to make himself look better and/or someone else look worse, one making his case may say things that are not at all accurate. Or, there may be some element of truth in what he says, yet that truth is significantly distorted (e.g., the false witnesses’ reports of Jesus saying He would destroy the temple [Mark 14:57-58; cf. John 2:19]). Or, the report may be greatly exaggerated, making “mountains out of molehills,” as we say. Or, the problem may not be with what is said but what is not said. The initial report may leave out information that significantly changes the picture.

Apply the golden rule to listening.

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