Proverbs 12:8

A man is commended according to his good sense,
but one of twisted mind is despised.

This proverb presents a virtue that is often overlooked and underestimated, but may be the most important in success. It is the difference maker for ability to manage people and to achieve any goal that involves people. It is good sense; also known as commonsense.
A man may possess tremendous knowledge and skill, but if he lacks commonsense his genius can become a curse for him, as well as for others. A person may know the right goal, but if he lacks good sense about obtaining that goal, he will not only fail to reach it but stir up greater trouble.

Good-hearted Christians often create trouble for lack of good sense. We read a command in Scripture, and in our effort to obey it we set ourselves up for failure, as well as offend others. We overestimate our abilities and those of others. We don’t think through how to speak in love, so intent we may be to speak the truth (as we interpret it). We don’t use commonsense. We may not have twisted minds, but we earn for ourselves the same reward – resentment.

Pray today that you will use good sense in your interactions with others and as you work to achieve your goals. Seek the counsel of others, especially those who have earned a reputation for good sense. Humbly learn from them.

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