WHAT IS YOUR LISTENING PREFERENCE?
5 It is better for a man to hear the criticism of a wise person than to hear the party song of stupid people. 6 Because like the crackling of thorns burning under a pot, that is the laughter of the stupid people; this also shows how impermanent life is. 7 Because corruption can drive the wise mad, and a bribe can destroy his heart. 8 The end of a thing is more significant than its beginning, and to be patient in spirit is more helpful than to be proud in spirit.
patience in spirit
Patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, and patience in spirit is a discipline of maturity and wisdom. It is the ability to do what is right, not just what feels right at the moment. A person with patience in spirit will not allow herself to be lured in by the party crowd. She would rather hear the criticism of a more mature person, because she can grow from that. She is humble enough to see beyond the temporary fame and pleasure and views the end of the road that starts with corruption and bribery.
LORD, grant us patience in spirit, no matter what it costs us to gain it.