“Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17, New American Standard Bible)
We must not trust every word of others or feeling within ourselves, but cautiously and patiently try the matter, so that we can discern whether or not it is from the Father.
It is a sad fact that we are often so weak that we find it easier to believe and speak evil of others, rather than good. But those who are perfect, do not give credence to everything that is said about others, because they know man’s weakness that it is prone to evil and unstable in words.
It is very wise to never be quick in action, or stubborn in our own opinions. A part of this wisdom also is not to believe every word we hear, nor to tell others all that we hear, even though perhaps we believe it.
We should always be willing to take counsel with those who are wise and who have a good conscience; and seek to be instructed by someone who is more mature than ourselves, rather than to follow our own personal thoughts on certain matters.
A good life makes us wise toward God, and gives us experience in many things. The more humble we in ourselves and the more obedient towards God, the wiser will we be in all things, and the more shall our soul be at peace. (IC 4)
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all freely and with love, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5, Peshitta)