Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
2 Tim 2:15 (ESV)
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
2 Tim 2:24-26 (ESV)
Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.
Titus 2:7-8 (ESV)
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
Prov 11:2 (ESV)
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
Prov 12:15 (ESV)
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.
Prov 15:2-3 (ESV)
To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!
Prov 15:23 (ESV)
Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.
Prov 15:32 (ESV)
Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.
Prov 16:3 (ESV)
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
Prov 17:27 (ESV)
Before destruction a man’s heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor.
Prov 18:12 (ESV)
If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.
Prov 18:13 (ESV)
A wicked man puts on a bold face, but the upright gives thought to his ways.
Prov 21:29 (ESV)