Sterling Principle # 9
Don’t bother talking sense to fools; they’ll only poke fun at your words.
How to identify a fool? The dictionary definition of a fool is a person who lacks good sense or judgment: a stupid or silly person. We all act foolishly at times. But there are some people who plain lack common sense and good judgment—all the time. You can spend all your time trying to bring a foolish person up to speed in the common sense arena but they just don’t get it.
There are certainly different levels of foolishness. Some simply have never been trained in the common courtesies of life so they act foolishly. Others have a mental deficiency because of the foolishness of their parents in using drugs or alcohol when they were conceived. Some are foolish because of some unknown birth defect. Others behave foolishly because of the type of people they choose as friends. And then there are those that have chosen this lifestyle because they have embraced that which is abominable to God.
While this verse tells us not to waste our time trying to talk sense to a fool, it does not say we should ignore them. To ignore them is a disservice to society. They need our compassion and guidance in order to not become a burden to their families or communities. Every person, no matter their mental state, needs love and compassion. We need to be sure these folks are trained to bring out the best in them for in reaching out to them we will also bring out the best in ourselves.
God’s Question: Are you ignoring or benefiting foolish folks?
God’s Promise: Hate a fool—hate Me!
My Prayer to God:
I praise You for the common sense wisdom of Proverbs.
I am sorry I have too often acted foolishly.
Thank You for reminding me to help foolish people.
Help me always try to bring out the best in all others.