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.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Cause or Effect?

(Proverbs 26:21 KJV)  As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

The obvious reminder for today is that we are not to be “contentious” (4066 NASB/4079 KJV).  Our effect on people around us should not be causing strife.  Where this is put in the “don’t” category, Jesus put it in the “do” column,
(Matthew 5:9 KJV)  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
And Paul chimed in
(Romans 12:18 KJV)  If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
I don’t think this is saying to keep our mouths closed when we see evil.  That might not be possible.  It means to not be the source of the evil.

So?  This is a tall order.  I understand it is harder for some personalities than others.  That does not change God’s expectation. 

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