Right or Righteous

It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. - ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭20:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

There is so much wisdom in Proverbs. I don't think I spend enough time with the wise words shared in this book of the Bible. These words have stood the test of time. They have transcended the times for a thousand of years. All too often they are as true and applicable today as they were when they were written.

In my walk I have had the chance to interact with a diverse population. Some are believers and followers of Jesus, while many are not. Some are peaceful while others seem to thrive in conflict. Some of us go through cycles of "drama" in our lives and cycles of peace. It seems for some that drama cycle is longer than the peace cycle and for others the converse is true.

Sometimes that is just a product of living in a broken world, a fallen world. John tells us, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). He assured us we will face troubles.

The assurance of facing troubles does not mean we have to seek them out. In fact, Proverbs 20:3 tells us to avoid these conflicts and bitter disagreements. We are to be slow to argue and quarrel. I heard once that we need to be sure to avoid placing our desire to be right in front of our desire to be righteous.

So the next time that drama comes seeking you, decide to act. Decide to be honorable. Decide to be righteous rather than right.  

Be blessed and be a blessing,

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