Have you been around someone who has to argue about everything? Nothing can be easy. They always have to be right. Do you offer up good, solid advice in an honest attempt to help, just to be ignored or told “mind your own business” or “don’t judge me?”
In the book of Proberbs, this person who is always right and will reject advice even after asking for some, is called a fool. Don’t waste your time on a fool. They don’t want your help.
Proverbs 15:12. A mocker doesn’t love one who corrects him; he will not consult the wise.
Proverbs 18:2. A fool does not delight in understanding, but only wants to show off his opinions.
Again, they don’t want your help, they want to speak and not listen. They will continue to do foolish things despite anything you say or do.
Proverbs 26:11. As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his foolishness.
It can be painful watching someone make the same mistakes over and over, especially a family member. However, you cannot force them to change or to listen. These conversations will often lead to conflict.
Proverbs 23:10. Drive out a mocker, and conflict goes too; then lawsuits and dishonor will cease.
Proverbs 26:4. Don’t answer a fool according to his foolishness, or you’ll be like him yourself.
These arguments will only lead to you wasting your time and looking dumb yourself. Many times you may end up saying something you want to take back.
Proverbs 9:8-9. Don’t rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man, and he will learn more.
Don’t give up on them, just spend more time growing yourself and growing those willing to listen. They will love you for your help. Be sure you are willing to learn from those around you as well.
Proverbs 26:12. Do you see a man who is wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than him?
Keep a strong team of advisors around you. Realize that you do not have all the answers. Submit to Gods teaching, He invented wisdom! Never stop learning. Don’t interject your opinion in everyone’s life, that is what fools do. If you live according to Gods word, people will ask for your advice.
That being said, we have a whole book of proverbs of teaching from the wisest guy ever…maybe we should live this book out!