As defined by the Scriptures, a fool is not someone who is uneducated or a person with a low IQ. Rather, a fool is someone who is deeply deficient spiritually and morally.
As summed up in Proverbs 1:7, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Are you a fool according to the Bible? Am I?
Let’s look at just a few of the characteristics of the fool as laid out in Proverbs.
1) “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who listens to counsel is wise” (Prov. 12:15). The fool is always right in his (or her eyes), never willing to take correction, never willing to listen to sound advice, never willing to acknowledge error or wrong.
Perhaps we are not this extreme in our stubbornness, but is this our general tendency? Can people approach us easily, without fear? Do we receive correction with humility and even appreciation?
That’s why Proverbs 9:8 says, “Do not reprove a scorner, lest he hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you.” So also Proverbs 17:10: “A reproof enters deeper into a wise man than a hundred stripes into a fool.”
Are you foolish or are you wise?
2) “A fool’s wrath is presently known, but a prudent man covers shame” (Prov. 12:16). Fools lack self-control. They are easily annoyed, easily angered, easily provoked. In contrast, those who are prudent will overlook insult and shaming. Which attitude would your friends and family and co-workers say is more characteristic of you?
According to Proverbs, lack of self-control is one of the most common characteristics of a fool. “A wise man fears and departs from evil, but the fool rages and is self-confident. He who is quick-tempered deals foolishly, and a man of wicked devices is hated” (Prov. 14:16-17).
And, “A fool utters all his mind, but a wise man keeps it in until afterwards” (Prov. 29:11).
Are you known as a hothead? Does everyone around you know immediately when you are annoyed? Do you find it hard to overlook an insult?
On a scale of 1-10, if 1 stood for “wise” and 10 stood for “foolish,” how would you score yourself? And how would those closest to you score you?
To quote one more relevant verse (among many), “He who is slow to wrath is of great understanding, but he who is hasty of spirit exalts folly” (Prov. 14:29).
What are we displaying by our lives and our words?
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SOURCE: Charisma News