“Again I say, let no one think me foolish; but if you do, receive me even as foolish, so that I also may boast a little. What I am saying, I am not saying as the Lord would, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of boasting” (2 Corinthians 11:16-17).
We often judge others and then dismiss whatever they may say. Even the fool can sometimes speak a word of wisdom. The Lord will use whatever means He chooses to share with you the truth. How much more then ought we to listen to one who brings the Good News of great joy? Be willing to receive that Good News knowing the Lord is always at work in you and will bring truth to your heart if you are willing to listen.
Lord, open my ears to hear and shut down my judging heart. From all quarters You are more than able to raise up those who will speak Your Word of truth. Guide me that I would be discerning, but not judgmental, wise, but not boastful, and hospitable and not deceiving. In all things teach me to receive all of life and live this life You have given me to Your glory.
Lord Jesus, You have gone to the cross, which is foolishness to this world, in order that we may be united with You in a resurrection like Yours. Guide me to speak the truth whether or not others consider me a fool. Help me to be bold in faith, quick to listen, and have a willing spirit to live out the call You have given me by grace. Guide me, Lord, to become like You in this life. Amen.