Proverbs 25:8, …do not bring hastily to court, for what will you do in the end if your neighbor puts you to shame?

A conflict rose between two co-workers, so much that they had seen their relationship deteriorate to the point where they could no longer communicate. A manager intervened and spoke to both men and said, “Before we get together, I want you to write down for me what you think the problems are in your relationship.” At their first meeting, they sat opposite one another and were asked to read out their lists. The first guy said, “I feel that the he resents my presence in his department. I would like to help out but feel I can’t. I’d especially like to be more involved in training but I feel pushed out.” The other man then read out his assessment of the problem. “I feel that he doesn’t want to get involved in my area. I can’t understand why he feels this way because we desperately need him, especially in training.”

Oh, how we make the mistake of assuming another’s thoughts! It can quickly distort what is true. Have you done that before? Proverbs 25:8 tells us not to jump to conclusions because there is always an explanation. The important thing is that we must be willing to take time to communicate well with others to avoid the pitfall of assumptions.