Proverbs 15: King James Bible
Derailing Strife – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter fifteen, Verses 17-18
17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. 18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Derailing Strife
1. vigorous or bitter conflict, discord, or antagonism: to be at strife.
2. a quarrel, struggle, or clash: armed strife.
3. competition or rivalry: the strife of the marketplace.
4. Archaic. strenuous effort.
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I’ve documented in a few places here on the Supernatural Truth in Christ website, different times where I’ve been approached by people that thrive off of creating strife. We never need to look far in the Christian arena, to find people with either a religious spirit, or a spirit of pride, causing one believer to cast judgement on another believer over doctrinal differences, that have nothing to do with salvation.
On the other hand, I’ve had wonderful debates, both in person and online via social media. In my view, the difference between the two, is one tries to prop themselves up while pushing others down, and the other is an example of one idea being presented against another, and weighing the difference between the two, via the Word of God.
I say that, because not everyone is looking to cause strife, but are genuinely curious why you believe something differently than they do. When all search out the scriptures to see whether or not something is so, two different things happen…
Either one person is persuaded that they may believe in err, and have had something explained to them in a way they may not have thought about. The other thing that comes out of a debate, is that even though you may not have persuaded the other, you’ve witnessed your metal tested.
You can draw from the experience, and find out where you were lacking in answers. Because of this, you find them in the Word of God, and are all the more equipped, should a similar situation arises. These are both great things.
But when dealing with a wrathful man, as depicted in the scriptures above, there is no positive outcome, short of divine intervention. This person has already settled in his heart his intention, and often that intention is to see things his way, or hit the highway.
And from there, he’ll have all kinds of things to say about you to others, that is, if you don’t come round to seeing things the same way he does. I’m confident that you either know of, or have had to deal with this type of person.
The dangerous part of all of this, is to make sure you’re not the one who feels justified in creating a little strife yourself. That is something that I try to be extremely thoughtful of, especially to any teaching of the Lord’s Word.
People have come at me with all kinds of things over the years. If they are flat out wrong, I’ll say so. If they tell me of a place in the Bible that they think backs their claim, I’ll go and check it out. It took a long time for the Lord to get into my thick skull, to actually go and look at what people are quoting from scripture. At times I’ve been mistaken, and at times I’ve been able to show others how they are mistaken.
But at the end of the day, do they have and love Jesus? Are they saved and washed by the Blood of the Lamb? Are the bare bones basics covered? Well, if all of the above is the case, then they are brothers and / or sisters, and should be treated as the Lord would have us treat them, despite any doctrinal differences we might have with them (as long as it’s biblical differences, as opposed to spreading false doctrine… aka Chrislam, the anti-Paul movement, etc…).
How do you deal with someone seeking out to cause strife? What I would do is call them on it. The amazing thing that happens, is that whatever they may be harboring, will come right to the surface. If the person is well meaning somewhere in their heart, it will stick with them, and perhaps they’ll humble themselves and work it out with the Father one day.
Otherwise, there’s not much you can do from there (aside from praying for the person later on). It’s best not to contend with them back and forth, because you may have all the right answers, but they’ll not have any interest to hear it, nor will they attempt to understand.
They just hear themselves causing you to fall into the trap of taking part in a strife. Be the one slow to anger. Have an analytical mind concerning the nature of the conversation, or the back and forth be it in person, on the phone, online, anywhere, and respond accordingly.
Once things get heated, guess who wins? I’ll give you a hint… It’s not the wrathful. Wisdom is a great help to recognize and avoid people bent on causing strife, and to stay as wise as a serpent, and as harmless as a dove.
Related New Testament Scripture
Romans 13: King James Bible
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
1 Corinthians 3: King James Bible
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
Galatians 5: King James Bible
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Philippians 2: King James Bible
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Thank you for this lesson, and for constantly reminding us how important wisdom is, to help us avoid things and situations that you’d rather us stay out of. Help us in this Lord. As the world grows more cold against you, your ways, and your Word, it becomes trickier to recognize those who only seek to cause strife. Shine a light into any situation, and grant us a double portion of discernment, to recognize and steer clear from, all things and people that only seek to cause us to fall. Should it be your will that we have dealings with these people, may the Holy Ghost rise up inside of us, and give us the words to say, that will be beyond contention. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Do you have a hard time derailing strife?