“By insolence comes nothing but strife, but with those who take advice is wisdom.” Proverbs 13:10

Insolence is rude and disrespectful behavior. An insolent person is characterized by an attitude that lacks humility and wrongly believes that they are wise and don’t need input from others. An insolent person shuts down discussion and refuses to listen. In the end, the insolent hurts relationships at work, in the family and in the church. It takes boldness for someone to offer advice and it requires humility for someone to listen carefully and thoughtfully.

Relatively few ask for advice and an even smaller group takes advice seriously. Some might ask for the name of a good plumber, but most don’t want to talk about the deeper problems and struggles of life. This is certainly true when it comes to relationships, investments and budgeting. Over the years many have asked for my help and advice. They show an interest, but then make excuses as to why they can’t or won’t do something that is suggested.

Are you one of the “yeah, but…” people when someone gives you advice? If your first thought when given advice is to try to show why the advice is wrong, then perhaps you are just one step below the insolent. That reveals a lack of wisdom.