Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 85)
Arguments? Seek Peace
Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor;
Only fools insist on quarreling.
Proverbs 20:3 (NLT)
Interfering in someone else's argument
Is as foolish as yanking a dog's ears.
Proverbs 26:17 (NLT)
Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate,
So stop before a dispute breaks out.
Proverbs 17:14 (NLT)
Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.
2 Timothy 2:23 (NIV)
Could most of our debates and arguments be reduced to one soul-searching battle? Is it the rightfulness we think is ours versus the wrongfulness of someone else? Maybe this devotion is meant for me. Customarily, I believe I'm right. Understandably, others disagree.
Where does Jesus fit into my conflicts? Doesn't His righteousness extend to me? Yes, but His righteousness isn't carte blanche, allowing me to act so uppity. It extends through my heartfelt repentance: a face-to-the-floor, servant's surrender, which is hardly a stance of bold debate.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, consider some thoughts on argument:
1) No one is fully right, except One. No one fully understands the truth, except the One Who sees into hearts--with past, present and future knowledge of all topics in perfect context.
2) When we're wronged, He counsels us to yield, to forgive and let God settle it; to believe He'll bring light and justice; to abstain from conflicts and courtrooms.
3) Opening the floodgate of debate won't bring a cleansing of hearts and minds, but a tidal wave of pulsing pride--breaking bridges so hard to rebuild.
4) Controversies with fools and scorners will rob you of time and energy. Instead of biting on Satan's bait, recall: you're not fish, but fisherman. So go fishing in cleaner waters.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, as God's communication task force in this modern age of media, He says, 'Blessed are the peacemakers' (Matthew 5:9). He repeats, 'Seek peace and pursue it' (Psalm 34:14, 1 Peter 3:11).
'And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace' (Ephesians 6:15), which is part of the Armor of God,* search for common ground and walk in love. Even walking away from a fight.
To Be Continued...
* The Armor of God: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=eph+6%3A10-17&version=NASB
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.