If being right is most important, listening may be a lost cause. There is a cost for preferring stubbornness to sensitivity, opinion to grace. For isn’t it true that there still remain churches:
Dogmatism comes with a price. We become critical of others. Law replaces love. Views take precedence over vision. Rather than focus on growing in godliness we become centered on chapter and verse. The world of course sees all this with the result that our dogmatism is a great stumbling block. Consequently, we will stand accountable before God for hindering people from finding His Son.
When we focus our attention on God, He rewards us by giving us the wisdom to understand what cannot be compromised versus what is nonessential. We discover that what is paramount is not how much we know but Who we know! Are you afraid to be wrong? Is that fear coming from the Lord or from pride? The former instills discernment with humility the latter produces stubbornness and a brittle demeanor.
Jeremiah 7:24--Yet they didn’t listen or pay attention but followed their own advice and according to their own stubborn, evil heart. They went backward and not forward.
The further we get away from Jesus the more dogmatic we become over what we call our religious beliefs, while the nearer we live to Jesus the less we have of certitude and the more of confidence in Him.—Oswald Chambers in Disciples Indeed
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)