Proverbs 25: King James Bible
A Brawling Woman – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty five, Verse 24
24 It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – A Brawling Woman
There are two other occurrences that we’ve come across verses similar to this one. If you’d like to go back and check them out, click the following links. First is a devotional covering Proverbs 16:8 called “Little with Righteousness,” and the next covers Proverbs 17:1 called “A Dry Morsel.”
Why is it better to dwell in the corner of a housetop rather than a brawling woman inside the house? Well, I’d suppose if you’re in the corner there’s at least two fronts that don’t need defending. Easier to know which way she’s coming from. Okay, just kidding… A little…
This is yet another example that the Father gives us, giving us an understanding of how valuable peace of mind can be. Of course we are to see a brawling woman as the example, But hold on a sec. Maybe the Lord isn’t only trying to tell us about the value of peace of mind.
Perhaps he is telling us something about himself. Has it ever occurred to anyone, that we shouldn’t take the position of being the one in the corner of the housetop when reading this? Maybe we are as a brawling woman in a wide house?
So, if we (the church) could be seen by the Lord a s a brawling woman, then who’s dwelling up in the corner? That would be the Lord himself. Before you start thinking I’m stretching this one out too far, let me remind you that we are not just the Body of Christ, but also the “Bride of Christ.”
Is it a stretch to believe that the bride fights amongst herself, or winds up behaving as a brawling woman? Not in the least. Nevermind going from denomination to denomination, but even (or especially) in social media. It happens a lot, and anyone who has spent any time online using social media can attest to the fact that the Body of Christ has a tendency to cannibalize itself.
I’m using social media as an example, because you can go and look for yourself for your own examples in no time at all to see what I’m talking about. So where’s the Lord during all of this? He’s around, because he made a promise to never leave us or forsake us. But why would he want to be too close to the brawling woman?
The more I read this scripture, rather than an example from the Lord, it’s appearing to me to be more of a complaint! We’re told through the Word NOT to grieve the Spirit of the Lord. How in the world do you think he is feeling, when one member of the Body of Christ is trying to condemn another to Hell due to a different understanding of his own Word?
Temperance is indeed a fruit of the Spirit, and is (in my opinion) the most neglected gift there is. When we continue to live up to the standards of a brawling woman, rather than embodying the fruits of the Spirit of the Lord, we’ll know where to find him.
In the corner of the housetop, waiting for us to shut up long enough to intervene quietly. Because we want no part of him intervening loudly… It’s only by his longsuffering, patience, love, and grace, that we are not in the hands of an angry God. All the more reason to search out the fruits that he’s made available, and include temperance toward those who may differ within the Body of Christ, and be thankful to the Lord all the more.
Related New Testament Scripture
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
1 Corinthians 12:
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
2 Peter 1:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
Thank you for your Word, and the insight that you provide to help us understand the deeper things to be found. Please give us all an increase of temperance and longsuffering when confronted with diverse yet not blasphemous ideas coming from other members of the Body of Christ. May we who are of the same Spirit, be of the same mind in you. Forgive us if we have ever partaken in any situation that has grieved you, and thank you for your patience with all of us. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever found yourself to resemble a brawling woman according to the scripture above, rather than the guy up in the corner looking for some peace?