Daily Wisdom

Meditations on the Book of Proverbs

14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;

   so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—

   the Lord detests them both.


 What good comes from arguing? Even if you are right, it is a foolish thing to do. Disputes tend to escalate quickly, as a small leak of irritation turns into a rushing torrent, and the damage can be irreparable. Is it worth damaging a relationship to prove a point? Or making a lifelong enemy for the sake of pride? Remember that it is up to the wiser person to drop a matter, don’t wait for someone else to prove you the fool.
 “Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent— the Lord detests them both.” It may seem a nice thing to excuse misbehavior, or a convenience to blame someone else, but what effect does it have? “The kindest acts of the wicked are cruel,” they pardon the criminal only to have him find another victim, they condemn the innocent in his place to the same outcome. It is by results, not intentions, that behavior is judged.

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