Fights are Messy
Posted: Friday, July 26
2 Chronicles 17-18
It is to one’s honor to avoid strife,
but every fool is quick to quarrel.
Fighting is messy. I picture fighting like two people walking up to each other a dumping giant cups of paint on each other. Each ugly word that is said sends more messy paint out of the cup landing all over ourselves, the other person, and any other innocent party that may be witnessing what is being said. It is always messy.
No one walks away from a fight feeling good. Even the satisfaction of a well stated argument is only short lived. The conversation is replayed in our minds after we walk away. There may not be paint to clean up but there is always a mental and spiritual clean up that needs to take place following an argument. It is much easier to avoid the mess altogether. Solomon tells us that only a fool insists on making this kind of mess when it can be avoided.
Disagreement can’t be avoided but ugly quarrels can be. Approach each disagreement with the love of Jesus that lives within you. How would someone with this type of love in them respond? 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails.” If you have made a mess with your words don’t leave the mess for someone else to clean up…Go back and clean it up.