Today is April Fools Day. A day that some historians claim dates back to 1582 when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Georgian calendar as mandated by the council of Trent.
Whatever the origin, it’s known as a day for pulling pranks, practical jokes, and perpetrating hoaxes,
Today’s list, however, is not a joke. But a look at what the Bible says about fools. Sometimes, we learn what we ought to be doing, by looking at what we should shun.
15 Ways Not To Be A Fool
1. Don’t be a slanderer or liar (Prov. 10:23).
2. Don’t give an answer before really listening (Prov. 18:13).
3. Don’t respond to the stupidity of a fool (Prov. 26:4).
4. Don’t be hotheaded and reckless (Prov. 14:16).
5. Don’t be a know-it-all (Prov. 28:26).
6. Don’t selfishly use and put your trust in material wealth (Lk. 12:16-21).
7. Don’t let it all hang out by venting all of your feelings (Prov. 29:11).
8. Don’t find pleasure in evil conduct or wicked schemes (Prov.10;23).
9. Don’t despise the wisdom and instruction of wise advisors (Prov.15:5; 12:15)
10. Don’t trust a fool to convey an important message (Prov.26:6).
11. Don’t be an angry person who’s easily provoked (Eccl. 7:9).
12. Don’t build your life or base your values on the shifting sands of worldly standards (Mt. 7:26-28).
13. Don’t fall prey to ignorant speculations, useless contentions, and unprofitable arguments (2 Tim. 2:23; Tit. 3:9).
14. Don’t be naive (Prov 14:18).
15. Don’t deny the existence of God (Prov. 14:1)
Indeed, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice” (Prov. 12:15).
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman