Avoiding Strife

Proverbs 20:3

It is to a man’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel.

There are some who feel the need to argue regardless what might be said.  You could say that the sky was blue and they would argue that it wasn’t.

We are not called to blindly accept everything that we hear.  We can and should challenge things that are contrary to our understanding.  Acts 17:11 gives this account of the Bereans: “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”

Faith is not about blind acceptance.  But it is certainly not about quarreling either.  Quarreling can go beyond mere words and turn into physical fighting. 

There are ways that we can disagree while maintaining order.  Often disagreements begin from a lack of information or communication of that information.  There is usually no intent of doing anything wrong but people may become defensive when accused of wrong doing.  We should avoid accusations at least until we’re certain we have all of the information.  

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