An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

A Wife and Strife

(Proverbs 27:16 KJV)  Whosoever hideth her hideth the wind, and the ointment of his right hand, which bewrayeth itself.

The simple message that comes through here is that there is nothing you can do to control, help or reform some people.  Here the reference is to a nagging wife.  I would assume that the principle would apply to other people also.

There is a place in the New Testament where we get some advice about how to respond to this type of person.
(1 Peter 3:8-9 NAS77)  To sum up, let all be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil, or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.
What is interesting, and rarely pointed out, is that this is also in the context of a wife.  The point is that love goes the extra mile, turns the other cheek, etc.  It is the way we are called to live and respond.

So?  When someone goes after you, don’t respond in kind.  This is hard to do but necessary.  It doesn’t seem to “work” but it is obedience.  This is an area where living in faith is a struggle. 


Gorges Smythe said...

AMEN! (And my wife would agree!)

Pumice said...

Be careful. Remember what goes on the internet stays on the internet.

Grace and peace.