Posted by: peebles | February 12, 2011

Proverbs 17:14 (NIV) ~ Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

Would you believe that a misunderstanding started the Boston Massacre of 1770, which left five people dead and set off a series of rebellions that culminated in the American Revolution? It was started by an argument concerning whether or not a British soldier had paid his wigmaker. The truth is he had, but when everyone found out, it was too late. Nobody really cared any more, as the situation had turned ugly, and a small misunderstanding had now become a mountain.

We can win an argument, but lose much more in return. You may think you have won, yet it is but a pineal victory. A simple misunderstanding can become a wedge which the enemy will use to divide families for years. A little word said which could be taken the wrong way, can develop into a mountain which separates people, until eventually no one can really remember what was said or done, they just remember the pain and anger that they allowed themselves to get into, over nothing really. The hurt and pain is like luggage which is carried around with them wherever they go.

The Bible says in Proverbs 17:14 (NIV), “Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.” It is better, if possible, to just let things go and not get caught up with issues which cause fighting; fighting which will open the floodgates to resentment and hatred that can cause people to be bound in unforgiveness, for years. The Bible says in Romans 12:18 (NIV), “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” It is better to be a man of peace, than someone who is quick-tempered. It is better to agree to disagree, then press the issue and lose much more than an argument.

My friend, if something is causing you to lose your peace in God, then take it to the LORD in prayer, ask His wisdom on how to handle the situation, rather than go charging in like a bull in a china shop. There is wisdom in Proverbs 15:1 (NIV), “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Benjamin Franklin once said, “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” Many years ago, there was a song that included this line, “Let my first thought, let my very first thought, be love.” The Bible gives you a beautiful description of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4 to 8 (NIV), “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

 


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