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Proverbs 29:9 NIV


This is another verse reminding us that some people are just not worth trying to reason with. Whether you are forceful of gentle in your response they are not even capable of a reasonable response. You can be in the midst of a legal or social issue with this person but you will still be frustrated because they are committed to a scornful response and irrational behavior. “Wordsworth notes that the irreligious fool is won neither by the austere preaching of John the Baptist nor by the mild teaching of Christ, but rejects both.” God is not a fan of us going to court in the first place however we all know there are certainly times it’s unavoidable. When those situations occur we would love for both sides to be honest and reasonable. In my experience that rarely seems to be the case. Part of the reason this verse starts with the conjunction “if” is that it is not a foregone conclusion. So “if” you can avoid it you may find less frustration in your life. As hard as it can be, “if” there is any way to let the situation go without the battle with a scoffer do it. Today recognize who you are dealing with and “if” they are this person save your breath and pray. #BeTheEdge


“And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.” 2 Timothy 2:24 NIV