一 我们不应轻信人言（约壹 4 ： 1 ），却应谨慎而忍耐地按着上帝的旨意思考事情。但是，这恰恰就是我们的弱点，我们常易于相信也易于评说别人的短处，至于长处则不信也不说。完全的人就不轻易相信对他搬弄是非的每一个人；因为知道人类的弱点是倾向于恶（创 8 ： 21 ），而且易于在言语上陷于过失（雅 3 ： 2 ）。
二 智慧莫大于行事不轻率（箴 17 ： 9 ）。要常向智慧的和正直的咨询意见，还要甘心受教于比自己强的人，但却不可随从自己的心意（箴 12 ： 15 ）。道德的生活可使人得着属上帝的智慧（箴 15 ： 33 ），并且使他在许多事上有智慧的经验（传 1 ： 16 ）。人若自视越谦卑、越顺服上帝，他在一切事上就要越慎重，他享受的内心的平安也要越大。
Prudence in Action
DO NOT yield to every impulse and suggestion (1 John 4:1) but consider things carefully and patiently in the light of God’s will. For very often, sad to say, we are so weak that we believe and speak evil of others rather than good. Perfect men, however, do not readily believe every talebearer, because they know that human frailty is prone to evil (Genesis 8:21) and is likely to appear in speech (James 3:2).
Not to act rashly or to cling obstinately to one’s opinion (Proverbs 17:9), not to believe everything people say or to spread abroad the gossip one has heard, is great wisdom. Take counsel with a wise and conscientious man. Seek the advice of your betters in preference to following your own inclinations (Proverbs 12:15). A good life makes a man wise according to God (Proverbs 15:33) and gives him experience in many things (Ecclesiastes 1:16), for the more humble he is and the more subject to God, the wiser and the more at peace he will be in all things.
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