Proverbs 17:14 Stop And Drop It

Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. Proverbs 17:14

Many people love to argue about their view with someone else who disagrees with them. Each person feels that they are right and that the other person must agree with them completely or he is a fool.

Take a look at how many news talk shows there are. Each one has different views on what should have happened or what should happen in the political realm of the news. Watch a sports game and the same thing occurs. The announcers of the game will argue points as to what should have been done or how the call should have been made. There are many other ways that people disagree and fight for their way.

Occasionally these disagreements will end in peace, but often they end up in a heated dispute. Words get said that are hurtful or wrong. Friendships are broken. And all of this because each person wanted his own way in what was being talked about.

Solomon likens it to breaching a dam. Breaching is breaking a hole in the wall of the dam. If a little hole is breached in a dam, the water will start pouring through. It will be extremely difficult to stop it, and it will quickly break the entire wall down, flooding and destroying the area. It is extreme foolishness to breach that wall.

In the same way continuing a quarrel or argument just to get your way, is destructive. Once you start, it will be extremely difficult to stop it.

So you need to stop and drop the matter as quickly as possible. Remember that Jesus did not argue or dispute with the soldiers or Pharisees as He was being placed on the cross. He allowed Himself to be wronged.

You do not always have to be right. And not everyone has to always agree with you. This is true whether you are right or wrong. Allow God to deal with the person if he is wrong. Love will cover the disagreement.

So stop and drop it today while there is time.

I pray today that you will love others as God loves them; that you will not keep a quarrel going; that God will strengthen you to hold your tongue and keep quiet; and that you will be an example of Jesus to this world.


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