The book of Proverbs is one of those books in the Bible that you can read, read, and read over again, and always find something new. These Proverbs are words of wisdom that we can glean important lessons from, if we actually take the time to absorb what is being said, and to meditate on it. I have finally picked up the habit of reading the Proverb chapter of the day that corresponds to the day of the month. If I get behind, I catch up by reading the previous day’s reading.
My studies yesterday included Proverbs 20:3 Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, but any fool will quarrel. How often do we run into people that like to argue simply for the sake of arguing, for stirring up strife? Honestly, in my earlier years, this was very often me. I love conversation, and sometimes argumentation a little too much. Looking deeper at this Proverb we see that we can differentiate ourselves from fools by becoming, in essence, peacemakers at best, and at the very least people that avoid strife.
I want to say that this idea isn’t limited to politics, religion, or other things people fight over, but also includes silly things that we should never fight or get angry with out fellow humans about. This also isn’t saying that we shouldn’t stand up for things that we believe in, but rather that we don’t argue for arguing-sake, because “any fool will quarrel,” so quarreling doesn’t separate or elevate you above the average human. Calmly stating truth isn’t quarreling, and a quarrel usually takes at least two to tango, so the next time someone baits you into quarreling, remember that honor is yours if you avoid strife.
As I’ve previously stated on here, the same is true for the friends we pick to be around, so combining these ideas means we shouldn’t surround ourselves with friends that like to quarrel. There is enough strife in this world to go around without deliberately exposing ourselves to it.