Strife and Peace

Where there is strife, there is pride,
but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

Proverbs 13:10

Have you ever known someone who is always involved in controversy, arguments and disputes? Have you ever wondered why they have so much trouble?

Your answer might just be found in this proverb: Pride.

My way or the highway, you can’t say that to me, I’m right and you’re wrong… Yes, these all come from pride, the continual belief that you are somehow more worthy of respect, more valuable or just “better” than the other person.  Does everybody really need your opinion on everything; must we all hear and agree with your thoughts?

If you want a life chock full of struggle and hassle, then say “yes” to those questions, but if you prefer a little peace and harmony,  think again.

A person who is willing to take advice from another, is a person who doesn’t just assume they are always right, for they are humble enough to recognize that others have valuable insights too. Such a person might even come to understand that they too can be wrong sometimes.


About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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11 Responses to Strife and Peace

  1. kmeyers12 says:

    I relished in this insight today. Thank you!

  2. I would show this to a couple of people I know, but they are so blind to their own problem that they would not understand or accept it.

  3. jimbelton says:

    I’ve known a few contrarians, and I agree that the source of their (false) righteousness and indignation is pride. The interesting question is where does pride come from? I believe the answer is fear. At an early age, people choose a path to protecting their ego, a mental construct that acts as a defense of their individuality while simultaneously causing their separation from Spirit. Some choose accommodation, others compromise, still others withdraw completely, and some seek to dominate and control others. But the most insidious form of ego protection is pride. Early in life, a prideful person learns that by asserting the superiority of their position, they are able to fool those who are weaker than they are. Over time, winning becomes an addiction, and they take up less and less defensible positions to prove to themselves their own superiority. Why must the ego be protected? The root of the attachment to ego is fear. In the case of the prideful, they most fear being revealed as inferior, as not being worthy of respect. Like all sinful behaviors, the path away from them is the dissolution of the ego and the recognition that one is a manifestation of Spirit.

  4. Matt Brumage says:

    I was going to comment earlier, but then I thought that might mean I’m prideful, and then I started taking inventory of all my comments here, and on other blogs, and my own entries, and…now my head hurts; not a big deal, just an observation. Thanks for the post (and the opportunity to do a self/gut-check).

  5. I know when im wrong i just don’t always admit it. Maybe I should. We can always find something to learn from one another if we are willing to be open to the possibility that everyone has the potential to teach us something even through their abrasive reactions to our comments. Love the flowers. Utterly gorgeous. I will never miss an opportunity to thank God for our wonderful world

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