March 7, 2019

Proverbs 26:17 (NLT) — 17 Interfering in someone else’s argument is as foolish as yanking a dog’s ears.

This proverb is saying that it is foolish to interfere in someone else’s argument and it is foolish to yank a dog’s ears. So if you want to do something foolish do these two things. The Lord is trusting us not to be fools. Remember it is the fool that ignores the word of the Lord. In either of these two cases you may not like the outcome. Wild dogs are vicious and people can be just as hateful. I made the mistake once of getting involved in a friends argument and suddenly found four people against me who wanted to rip my head off!

So now I ask myself > Do I feel like I always have to add my two cents. Am I a know it all? Do I really need to be involved here? Jesus gives us the example of carrying out the advice of this proverb > Luke 12:14 (NLT) — 14 Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?”

Don’t expose yourself to needless danger.

Proverbs 26:18–19 (NLT) — 18 Just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon 19 is someone who lies to a friend and then says, “I was only joking.”

We all know that weapons in the wrong hands can be very deadly. So can words in the mouth of someone with a wrong heart. Relationships in the wrong hands are also destroyed. Some people’s idea of humor is to laugh at someone. The only humorous humor is when you are laughing with someone and not at them. Practical jokes are not practical and usually unwelcome to the recipient. One of the meanings of practical is sensible. The recipient of a practical joke rarely finds it sensible. Lying, even jokingly, is never sensible.

Proverbs 26:20 (NLT) — 20 Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.

A fire can’t burn if you take away the wood. Gossip can’t fuel a quarrel if it is not listened to. If no one is listening the gossiper, hopefully will quit talking. The problem though, is that gossiper always find an abundance of ready ears. Let us not be those ears. Notice the company that gossip keeps >Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. Romans 1:29.

“As long as there is an ear to receive, and a tongue to pass on, some piece of malicious slander will continue to circulate. But directly it reaches a hearer who will not whisper it forward, in that direction at least its progress is arrested.” (Meyer)

Proverbs 26:21 (NLT) — 21 A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.

If you want to know if you are a quarrelsome person answer this question honestly > Do you always have to have the last word? Quarrels do not start on their own they need a quarreler. Don’t be one.

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