(Pro 17:14 KJV) The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.
Certain themes course through the Bible. This is one of them. You might be more familiar with it as a teaching of Jesus,
(Mat 5:39 KJV) But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.Or you might be familiar with the beginning of the description of agape when Paul says that love is patient or long suffering.
As Christians we are to be so slow to react in anger that some might think that we will never respond. The reason for that should be obvious. Think of all the times you have spoken in anger or just without thinking and regretted it almost immediately. At that point it is too late to call back the words. The picture here has been seen in the news as we have watched damns breaking in China. Once the cracks start to give way you want to be on very high ground.
So? We are to take the high ground before the damn breaks. We are to turn the other cheek. We are to deny ourselves the momentary satisfaction of getting the last word. It is love in action.
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