“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”Proverbs 19:20-21 ESV
It is definitely a foregone conclusion that “good advice” will lead to success…if we heed it. But how do we know which advice is good? How do we know whether or not the advice we are given is best?
As rhetorical as this might seem, advice that leads to a good outcome can be good advice. We can look at what the desired outcomes are in order to get an idea as to what advice will lead us to the desired outcome.
There is something that needs to be said though. There is a best way to approach anything, including life. If there is a best way, there’s a worst way. That’s just the way things are.
But there is good news walking side by side with the previous revelation. That is that the best way to approach life can be found in this passage:
“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Matthew 22:37-39 ESV
Who would ever dispute that loving God with everything we are, and loving others as if they were us is good advice? Hardly anyone right? From this passage we get the saying: “Do to others what you would have them do to you”:
“”So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 7:12 ESV
Jesus is summarizing the purpose of Old Testament scripture for those of us who may have a difficult time wading through passages that don’t seem immediately applicable. The purpose is so that we treat others how we want to be treated. Good advice? Or no?