Jean Paul Richter, the German romantic writer (1763–1825), best known for his humorous novels and stories, said this about giving and receiving advice,
“A man takes contradiction and advice much more easily than people think, only he will not bear it when violently given, even if it is well-founded.
Hearts are flowers; they remain open to the softly falling dew, but shut up in the violent downpour of rain.”1
Proverbs 15:23 declares, “A word spoken in due season, how good it is.”
This is advice given in the right manner, and at the right time. It is spoken when it is needed, and it should be well regarded.
A proper answer at the proper time, and with the proper tone, will produce good results.
“The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right” (Hannah Whitall Smith).2
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2. Pulpit Helps, Chattanooga, TN:AMG International, December, 2003