August 20 – Staying Away From Strife

“Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.” – Proverbs 20:3 (NASB)

Today’s proverb verse is very apropos for our day, especially with easy access to social media and the anonymity it provides for users. Quarrels, arguments, and contentious exchanges happen frequently on every platform in the social media world. It becomes too easy to grasp at our supposed right to voice our opinion or to think it is our duty to “set others right” when they express what we do not agree with. Consider the wisdom from Proverbs 19:11 “A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.”  Overlooking a disagreement is the better way of discretion and the better way to peaceful coexistence. To do so does not equate to agreement or approval but it does keep open the channels of communication. A world of sin must always be a world of strife, because governed by the wisdom that does not descend from above, for is produces “strife, confusion, and every evil work.”(James 3:14-16) It is in an evil world that we find a opportunity to display the grace of God, manifesting the fruits of “the wisdom that is from above”—meekness—gentleness.(James 3:17)