Proverbs 10: Attitudinal Starting Point
Proverbs is one of those books that I seem to find a lot of application in. Obviously, that was the purpose it was written for, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but Proverbs 10 is home to one of the more well-known verses from this book that I think we all need to keep in mind from time to time.
Pro 10:12 Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
I want to approach this one in two parts. The first part talks about hatred stirring up strife. Thinking back over my life, this is a pretty obvious statement. If you don’t like someone all that much, it seems as if it is so easy to find even more ways to disagree with them. The little things that they do drive you crazy simply because you don’t like them all that much. You are starting from the wrong point in that relationship. You are starting from a point of hatred as opposed to a point of love.
The second part of the verse talks about love. It talks about how love covers over sin. It doesn’t mean that it absolutely erases the problem, but it covers them over. It allows you to move on. You don’t need to become hung up on that. The offense still happened, but it is not in the forefront anymore. Because you are starting from the spot of loving people, you are able to have that healing.
I think that it is important to remember these two starting points. On one hand, you are dealing with someone that you might not like very much. If you approach them with that attitude, only difficulty is going to come out of that. On the other hand, when you are dealing with someone that you love, you are able to have the reconciliation that you really need to have in these situations.
We need to have the right attitude when we relate to other people. We need to remember that God did command us to love other people. This proverb brought that thought back to the front of my mind.