PROVERBS DAY #16: AVOIDING DEADLY STRIFE AND ANGER
“A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends.” (Prov. 16:28).
On day six, we looked at seven things that the Lord hates, and it’s interesting to note that three of those seven have to deal with sins of the mouth – a lying tongue, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord. As we are working on building healthy relationships, God warns us about two deadly traps to avoid: strife and anger.
Solomon tells us that strife comes from a perverse person. A godly man on the other hand will not stir up strife. Strife is so deadly that it can even separate the best of friends. It is very dangerous cause strife, by gossiping about and slandering another person. Proverbs 6:15 warns us about the consequences about being a person who sows discord: “But they will be destroyed suddenly, broken beyond all hope of healing.” We must be ever-vigilant to guard against strife. Proverbs also warns us: “The beginning of strife is like releasing water; Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.” (Prov. 17:14). “Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.” (Prov. 26:20). Want to stop the deadly fire of strife? Stop gossiping!
“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.” (Prov. 16:32).
Not only does the Bible warn against the dangers of strife, but it warns us against anger also. If you can control your anger, you are better than a strong or mighty person who could win a city! Here again, Solomon contrasts a wise person with a foolish person: “A fool gives full vent to anger, but a wise person quietly holds it back.” (Prov. 29:11). People who say, “I can’t control my anger!” are denying the truth of this Scripture. If you are a wise person – someone who loves the Lord, and walks in righteousness – then you can hold back your anger if you want to. When the Holy Spirit controls your life, you will produce the opposite of anger, which is peace, patience, kindness and gentleness.
“And don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil.” (Eph. 4:26-27). If you want to shut the door to the devil messing around in your life, then guard against anger.
TODAY’S READING: PROVERBS CHAPTER SIXTEEN.
Pastor Chris Jordan