PROVERB OF THE DAY – Proverbs 17

Proverbs 17:9-14, Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends. 10A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool. 11An evil man seeks only rebellion, and a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 12Let a man meet a she-bear robbed of her cubs rather than a fool in his folly. 13If anyone returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house. 14The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.

Some years ago, Dr. Walter Cannon developed what we commonly call the Fight or Flight Response.  It was his way of describing the psychological and physiological reaction that occurs in response to perceived harmful attack or threat to our survival.

Most of us won’t face an attack that threatens our survival. Our attacks will be nothing more than a misstated word or insensitive comment. We would do well to remember that how we respond in those situations is very important.

Read these words from Proverbs 17:9-14, Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends. 14 … so quit before the quarrel breaks out.

In other words, when someone hurts your feelings or offends you, our natural response is to point out their indiscretion or tell others about the wrong that was done to us.

However,  Proverb tells us there is a better way instead of repeating a matter to others or responding harshly with our words; we should instead show a little grace and forgiveness and in doing so we have the opportunity to “quit before the quarrel breaks out.”

Think about it and have a great day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D