Proverbs 20:3-It is an honor for a man to cease from strife, but every fool will be meddling.
NIV-It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.
GNT-Any fool can start arguments; the honorable thing is to stay out of them.
AMP-It is an honor for a man to keep away from strife [by handling situations with thoughtful foresight], But any fool will [start a] quarrel [without regard for the consequences].
King Solomon, the one who God described as the wisest man ever lived gives us a contrast between a wise man and a fool one. He said a wise man deserves honor but a fool should be despised.
A wise man seeks peace but a fool continues to seek and meddle in strife which keeps a war going. It is of honor to avoid strife and keep from fighting.
Foolish or wise? Which are you?
Anyone can pick a fight or an argument, but as Christians, we must choose to walk in love by walking away from and avoiding strife and arguments.
People of God, do not attempt to repay evil for evil, spite with spite or disrespect with disrespect.
Proverbs 19:11- A wise man restrains his anger and overlooks insults. This is to his credit.
How can we discern the difference between a wise man and a fool man? One sure way of not being able to discern the difference is not by his or her position, skills, title, economic status, etc.
So, how do we then discern the difference? God has given us help in discerning the difference between a wise and a fool man in His Word. Let’s listen to Proverbs 1:5-7-5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: 6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
A wise man controls his temper and is slow to anger, but a fool man is one with a hasty spirit, very impatient and easily agitated.
If we have as our inner circle of friends, those who are hot-headed trouble makers, we are going to suffer the consequences of those friendships and relationships.
The bottom line is: As Christians, we must do all that we can to avoid foolish arguing.
The Apostle Paul exhorts us in Romans 12:18 - If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
What kind of witness for Christ would be if we are caught up into strife and arguments?
Going to church, carrying a bible, wearing a cross on your neck or professing Christ and living a life of strife is of no benefit to anyone, including yourself.
People of God, being a Christians does not mean anything if others can't see Christ in us. We can talk Jesus all day long, but scripture declares that a man is known by his fruit.
What kind of fruit are you bearing? Those of strife and discord? Or, those of love and peace?
People of God, Jesus describes us in this manner in Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how shall it be made salty? It is from then on good for nothing but to be thrown out and to be trampled underfoot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do men light a candle and put it under a basket, but on a candlestick. And it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Remember, minor disputes have a way of growing into major problems. So itwould be wise to put forth every effort to stop the dispute when it begins by avoiding it altogether.
Ephesians 4:26-And "don't sin by letting anger control you." Don't let the sun go down while you are still angry.
Don’t walk around with anger in your heart for by doing so, you have given satan a foothold in your life. Make every attempt to resolve all issues quickly so that they may not come back later and haunt you.
Walk in love by watching the way you speak and live. By God’s amazing grace and the leading and guiding of His Holy Spirit, we can do it.
People of God, choose to walk as wise and not as a fool in these perilous time in which we now live.
Choose the love of Christ and steer away from strife, anger and arguments. If you do, you will be counted among the wise.