Strife

By Ф.Г. Солнцев [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Ф.Г. Солнцев [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Have you ever noticed how many proverbs talk about strife? A simple word search turned up this sheaf of wisdom – all from the Proverbs, all in the ESV

A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but he who is slow to anger quiets contention. - 15:18

A dishonest man spreads strife, and a whisperer separates close friends. - 16:28
Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife. - 17:1

The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out. - 17:14

Whoever loves transgression loves strife; he who makes his door high seeks destruction. - 17:19

It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling. - 20:3

Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease. - 22:10

Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears. - 26:17

For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. - 26:20

As charcoal to hot embers and wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. - 26:21

A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the LORD will be enriched. - 28:25

A man of wrath stirs up strife, and one given to anger causes much transgression. - 29:22

For pressing milk produces curds, pressing the nose produces blood, and pressing anger produces strife. - 30:33

There is however some godly striving we need to do:

You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; - Hebrews 12:4 NASB

Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. - Jude 1:3 NASB

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. - Ephesians 6:12 NASB

So – quit fighting and get ready for the battle.

Ben NelsonBlessings to all

Ben

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