Them’s fighting words... Are you a lover or a fighter? Maybe both? Today we consider the importance of keeping the peace. Stop quarreling because it doesn’t get us anywhere and frankly, leads to sin… So let’s reconcile, heal, and live in harmony…
Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so stop before a dispute breaks out.
Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin;
Proverbs 17:14, 19
And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
Quarrels lead to sin when anger takes control over us, giving a foothold to the devil. But God gets angry and he doesn’t sin… yes, and when you and I develop the control God has, we can use anger more effectively. As for now, in the confines of our sinful flesh, anger is a gateway drug to sin for you and me.
There is much to read on anger and disputes and collaboration, with great advice out there to focus on the problem instead of the person. Never say, “You always” or “You never.” This is all good advice.
The Lord says stop short of the floodgates opening. When you see it heading in that direction, decide that you will surrender the situation to God and stay calm. You can make your point without being argumentative. You can make your point in a respectful way.
And if you find yourself in it, don’t hold that grudge and keep the dispute open. Don’t even let the sun set. That unresolved conflict will give Satan something to use against you and your brother or sister.
Consider that it is more important to be in right relationship than it is to be right. You might be right. You might be wrong. Yet, if you are not in right relationship and you have the ability to fix that, get moving.
If this brings someone to mind, today may be the day you need to resolve something which is open. Reconcile, heal, and live in harmony…