The value of Biblical wisdom is learning the pitfalls of pride, gossip and malicious talking. James said the tongue is untamable and from it comes cursing and blessings. With the tongue, a man can be filled with pride and with the same words be shredded with lies. It has been observed the Creator gave man two ears and one mouth so that he could find wisdom in hearing before speaking. The wise man exhorts the importance of not believing everything people say because of the dangers that come from pride, gossip, lies, and malicious talk. It is necessary to listen carefully to what is said evaluating the validity of how it will affect our lives. The example of ‘speech fidelity’ is an important lesson to learn for the child of God.
Wisdom is rooted in the ability to listen carefully. Discerning words is a tool to sift through what could be attempts to exalt the heart with prideful boasting. This will also temper the words we say about others. There are many tingling ears that long to hear morsels of words to pass along to others. Their aim is not to build up but to destroy. Often stories are told that are misunderstandings that become torrents of gossip that cannot be stopped. Before it is finished, lives are destroyed and friendships ruined. This comes from hearts that take everything as true without filtering the truth from lies.
Pride is when we believe everything people say about us. “They must be right because they are talking about me,” we think and our hearts fill with self-worth. The angels laugh when men exalt themselves. Made a little lower than angels, created man is not as tall as he believes himself to be. Wisdom will measure a man’s worth by what God says about him. The only thing that matters is how we stand before the Lord because one day we will all stand before the Lord and learn how tall we really are. There is no difference in one man from another. Jesus died for all men because all men need Jesus.
Believe nothing against another but upon good authority; nor report what may hurt another, unless it be a greater hurt to others to conceal it. (William Penn, Some Fruits of Solitude, 1718)