On the other hand, some people cannot stop themselves from offering advice. Erica Jong said, “Advice is what we ask for when we already have the answer but wish we didn’t.” Jesus noted that people are very protective of themselves—lest their deeds should be exposed (John 3:20 John 3:20For every one that does evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
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“A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment” (Proverbs 18:1 Proverbs 18:1Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeks and intermeddles with all wisdom.
American King James Version×). It is to be noted that when we sincerely seek advice from the wise and experienced, in time we too will be the wise ones. Each good choice we make strengthens our desire and determination to make good judgments. Seeking and giving advice is an art in human communications. It can be honed and improved through practice. Some have concluded that the true secret in giving advice is to “stop persisting in trying to set people right.”