Good vs Bad Advice
Posted: Thursday, April 19
Verse of the day:
“The instruction of the wise is like a life-giving fountain; those who accept it avoid the snares of death.” (Proverbs 13:14, NLT)
If you need help with your finances, you can find a financial adviser. If you don’t know what to study or what carrier path to follow, there are academic and career advisers. You can find an adviser for pretty much anything you can imagine – relationships, nutrition, fashion, leadership, even spirituality.
Even though seeking help from an adviser is good, you should not follow their advice blindly. You see, despite their best intentions, advisers are not perfect and can inadvertently not give you the best advice. They might even give you advice that they are not following.
According to King Solomon, you should only accept the advice of the wise people God has placed around you. The advice of the wise has the potential to grow your faith and to strengthen your relationship with God and with others.
You're constantly bombarded with advice. Some advice is good, and some is neutral. But some advice is flat out wrong and bad advice can ruin everything that is dear to you in one move. So, you’re called to follow the advice of wise people and to reject the rest.
How can you recognize wise advice from bad advice?
1. Who is giving you advice? Are they living to glorify God or is their advice based on selfish motives?
2. Does the advice contradict any clear teaching of the Bible?
3. Does it make sense?
4. Is the advice legal and moral?
5. What are the possible consequences of following this advice?
6. Beware of platitudes.