“Better is a dry morsel with quietness, than a house full of feasting with strife.” “The beginning of strife is like releasing water; therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.” “He who loves transgression loves strife”. The definition of strife is “angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues”. Disagreement is normal but the way we handle it can cause strife.
Solomon says that “Death and life are in the tongue”. “A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calls for blows. A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.” However, a wise person’s words give life. “The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; the wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.”
Later in the Story James will say, “And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell…With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.” (James 3:6-10)
Solomon gives us some good advice today regarding the tongue. “Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.” 🤭 The struggle is real! 😩 Keep reading.