Genesis 36-37

Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. He said to them, “Hear this dream that I have dreamed: Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf.” His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?”

You can be 100% right, and still be wrong. It is true, Joseph would become great and all his brothers would bow down to him, even his father would be subject to him… but he didn’t have to say it like that. You may think “hey, what I’m saying is true” but if you say it in such a way so as to needlessly offend or hurt feelings, your not in the right. How you communicate things matter. We should be gentile, kind, humble, and yet still speak the truth. We all need a filter between our brain and our mouth. God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth, use them proportionally.

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I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
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