Fix the leak (Day 17, Proverbs)

Proverbs 17:14
“The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.”

(GNB) "The start of an argument is like the first break in a dam; stop it before it goes any further."

Can’t you just feel it when an argument is close by? Little things become annoying. And if not checked, turn into big things.

That’s the exact point where I need to be most on my guard, but am least likely to be. God delivers me as much as I’ll let him, but I don’t always let him get very far before my need to be right overcomes my need to keep relationship.

But during those miracle times when we do fix the leak in the dam before it bursts, doesn’t it feel good to stay dry?


Karen said...

Love this one. The difficult thing is knowing the difference between not starting an argument and avoiding saying something when you really should. I have always gone out of the way to avoid confrontation, and have learned that I need to quit stuffing my feelings and get them out. It is possible to do it without causing a quarrel... a lot depends on the other person, though.

Lisa notes... said...

Karen, I know what you mean. It's sometimes hard to know when to drop something and when to pursue. Both ways could be considered "stopping the leak." So much depends on the circumstances. And on our hearts. Therein lies the hard part... ;-)


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