7/1: No More Drama

 

Lots of times, I hear people say they don’t understand Scripture. Well, today’s proverb is straight forward. Proverbs 20:3 says, “It is honorable for a man to stop striving, since any fool can start a quarrel” (NKJ).

Most of us feel we are reasonably intelligent, and in a conversation, we like to be able to hold our own. When topics are controversial or become heated, we may feel compelled to be sure our point is heard. It can be hard to stop talking when it seems as though our perfectly legitimate point has not been taken seriously. To just stop and let the other side have the last word makes us feel like we’ve been “punked.”

Consider today’s verse and take a new look at answering back. It’s fine to make our point, especially when our point is Scripture-based; however, it’s not fine to “strive” (riyb in Hebrew meaning “a personal or legal contest, dispute). When we sense the conversation turning contentious, the Scripture says we are not being punked; we are acting honorably if we just stop talking. After all, any fool (and that’s not how we want to be known) can start a quarrel.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on July 1, 2013.

3 Responses to “7/1: No More Drama”

  1. Sharon, so true! Just had that challenge yesterday when it felt like something my husband kept repeating demanded a response even though I didn’t know how to help. I felt like he wanted my response but in actuality, he was only working it out himself verbally. For once, I could keep quiet and not get frustrated. Yeah!

  2. Silence is golden.

  3. Incredible points. Solid arguments. Keep up the
    great effort.

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