It is honourable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel. - Proverbs 20:3
Some of these Proverbs are just so practical. This is one of them.
‘It is honourable to stop fight, because any fools can start a fight.’
Our world needs a good dose of that. We live in a world that seems always ready to pick a fight over anything and even the church to be looking for a fight. Some people think that ‘earnestly contend for the faith’ mean the same thing as ‘look for something to pick a fight over.’
Clearly, some times we have to stand our ground for the sake of the gospel. We must stand against sin and false teaching. But we need to careful that we are not just out there to look for a fight.
Jesus said ‘blessed are the peacemakers.’ It is pretty clear that God’s people are intended to be a peaceful folk.
This isn’t just on the big things. This applies to every day relationship with each other. It refers to a brawling spirit.
Being a brawler is one of the things that will disqualify a man from being a pastor. It is, like we said above, the kind of guys who is always looking for or always ready for a fight.
God says there is honour in ending a fight.
Christians are not to be the fighters and brawlers. God blesses the peacemakers. As much as we can we are to be at peace with all men.
After all, any fool can start a fight.