Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Ten


For this tenth day of the October, 2016, Proverbs Challenge, I have decided to address only one verse in Chapter 10.

 

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all transgressions (Proverbs 10:12).

 

In most churches in America, loving our neighbor is an often repeated mantra.  We all speak readily about how we love everyone.  We hear sermons about the two great commandments of loving God with everything we are and have and of loving our neighbor as ourselves.  We know that God is love (1 John 4:8).  Yet, with all of our talk about love and our professed knowledge about love and its importance in the Christ following life, I wonder if we ever ponder the wisdom and truth found in Proverbs 10:12.

The first phrase tells us that hatred stirs up strife.  Reflecting on that statement causes me to realize that there may sometimes be more hatred than love in the church of today.  Church people, although we are called – even commanded – to love, often do more to stir up strife than not.  For example, when we learn about someone getting arrested or charged with a crime, we run quickly to spread the news.  Not only do we pass along the juicy tidbit of news about our neighbor/friend/fellow church member’s calamity; we sometimes freely offer our own insight into the matter – even when we really do not have actual facts to support our opinions and comments.  The result can often lead to discord and strife.  Proverbs 10:12 begins with the declaration that such behavior – stirring up strife – is actually hatred rather than love.

Love, on the other hand, covers all transgressions.  That doesn’t necessarily mean we deny wrong doing or cover it up as if it did not happen.  It means we continue to show compassion and care for another even when that person is accused of wrong, and even when they actually did wrong!  Think about what God has done for us in Christ.  Instead of continuing to hold our sins against us, God has covered them with the blood of Christ.  The bible declares that is love (John 3:16 and Colossians 2:13-15).  If we are to heed the wisdom in Proverbs 10:12, we are going to need to learn to continue showing mercy, grace and compassion to those who wrong us. That’s what love does.

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~ by brotherfaron on October 10, 2016.

2 Responses to “Proverbs Challenge, October 2016 – Day Ten”

  1. This is certainly a chapter of comparisons and contrasts. Many of the verses deal with the mouth of the righteous and the tongue of the wicked. Verse 19 in particular, stands out to me today. It says, “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable.” I chuckle a little thinking of our present political climate. There are certainly “many words” flying about! One is waiting for the other to slip up, then they pounce! Satan is the same way with us, looking for any opportunity to exploit our words.

    Wisdom will guide our mouths, words, hearts to exhort our brethren. We should seek it as a fine jewel!

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