October 12, 2017

Today you should read: Proverbs 17

I want to focus in on just 5 verses from this chapter. We all have to at some point deal with conflict in our lives. If you are someone that has never had to deal with any kind of conflict with someone else will you, please comment and let us all know how you have accomplished that feat.

These 5 verses contrast wise and foolish responses to situations where a person is either the offended (v. 9) or the offending (v. 10) party. These are both great perspectives to keep in mind when we are dealing with conflict in our lives because these perspectives can help us navigate and understand on the front end what we are getting into and how to act. This means that we have to take a moment before jumping into conflict to assess what is happening.

The remaining verses in this section go on to warn against the results of following the path of the foolish when it comes to conflict. Solomon goes as far as to say that the result in your life can be compared to encountering a bear who has lost its cubs. That encounter would be a catastrophe and if you made it out you would not be without injury.

All of this to say that since we will all run into conflict in our lives with others, we should take the proper precautions and the wise approach. If you are willing to share, it would be great to hear about some experiences you have had on both sides of conflict and how it ended up. Also if you would just share how proverbs has been affecting your daily walk with Jesus this month.

By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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