Whoever belittles his neighbor lacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent.
Proverbs 11:12, ESV
Today happens to be my ninth wedding anniversary.
Any good husband will tell you there is a time when you should just keep your mouth shut and listen to your wife.
Honestly, it is advice that can go both ways. Neither partner should be so prideful as to assume you know everything better than the other. Mutual communication benefits both!
Conversely, it is unwise to speak down to the other. Belittling – literally causing someone’s ideas and character to seem small and meaningless – only creates pain and bitterness. It is no longer a partnership but a tyranny, and even more confusing when both are guilty of this. Whoever belittles attempts to control the other, and this means slavery and problems.
It is best to work together and be willing to hear each other out.
And, yes, I may be talking about married couples, but this advice applies to any relationship, even with strangers.