Day 17: Proverbs 17: 9, 14 & 17
He who covers a transgression seeks love,
But he who repeats a matter separates friends.
The beginning of strife is like releasing water;
Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.
A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.
- Continuously throughout the Bible we see this theme: forgiveness at all costs.
- This chapter also has a theme of wisdom - we must be wise then to forgive. We must have an eternal perspective.
- We are all called to be peacemakers.
These scriptures are so much easier said than done - especially when you have to forgive someone who isn’t remorseful, repentant or self-righteous.
Christ calls us to be peacemakers: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God (Matthew 5:9). Not peace keepers, but peaceMAKERS. If we allow that to sink in, we realize that holds us to an entirely different standard.
This means we are called to PURSUE peace and not just respond to it. “So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.” (Romans 14:19) I would challenge you to think of that coworker “you just can stand to be around,” or the family member that is “so hard to love”, or even that fellow church member who makes you run into the other direction. Those are the people we should actively be loving. The Lord puts people in our life to smooth out the rough edges, to refine things in our character that are not a part of His likeness. So, instead of running the other way, ask them out to coffee and get to know them better, there is a lesson to be learned from them.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for the people in our church family that are peacemakers. The only that set the example of chasing You with all that they have to pursue those who are unlovable. I thank you for those who wise enough to “stop contention before a quarrel starts.” I pray that we, me included, learn from them. I pray that you bring to mind people that we need to pursue reconciliation with; people that we need to make peace with. I pray for softened hearts and tender souls. I pray that we as a church listen to the Holy Spirit, and seek out the unlovable and invite them in to sit at the table, Your Table, with us. Amen.
- Amanda Poole