“It is one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.” (Proverbs 20.3, NIV)
Society tells us we need to defend everything we believe, no matter what. This verse tells us that only fools like to pick fights, and it is a mark of good character to not quarrel. To me it means, it matches up with: “We can’t chose what people say to us, but we can chose how we react.” To me, Jesus exemplified this verse throughout his whole life. Its hard for me not to feel like I need to fight for my beliefs, but then I remember this verse and how Jesus reacted in times he could have quarreled. He was a great leader and spread love through living out his beliefs, not defending/quarreling about them.
In our current culture, how important does it seem for people to try to avoid strife? What examples can you give that support your thinking?
What examples have you seen that demonstrate that those who are quick to quarrel look like fools?
What practical tips would you give to someone seeking to find ways to avoid quarrels and strife? How well do you practice these things?