Proverbs 20:3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
In a world filled with competition and pride, the peacemaker is often wrongly accused of being unable to handle the conflict or the fight. This is why many people consider backing down from strife a sign of weakness. Once again, God and man are at complete opposite ends of the spectrum. While many men consider it commendable to continue strife, God thinks it honourable to cease from strife. In other words, the greater man or woman brings conflict to a close rather than further instigating it. According to the Bible, it is a fool who continues to meddle in hopes of prolonging the conflict. It is up to each believer to determine whether to accept God’s way or man’s way of thinking.
∙ (For children): Read 1 Peter 2:21-23. People mistreated Jesus throughout His trial and crucifixion. He could have stopped it (Matthew 26:53), yet He came to earth to be our Saviour. Stemming from His great love for us, He chose not to strive (Matthew 26:62-63a; Matthew 27:12-14, 39-44; Luke 23:34).
∙ (For everyone): How is it possible to be more honourable in ceasing from strife? What kind of strength does it take to swallow your pride and take the wrong even if you are not the only one at fault or completely at fault?
∙ Do you find joy in reconciling others or in stirring up their conflicts? How could this general attitude lead to problems in your desire to see others reconciled to God?
∙ Ask God to give you a desire to cease from strife.
∙ Ask the Lord to help you adopt His way of thinking.
SONG: TRUST AND OBEY