Proverbs 20: How to Avoid Drama
Proverbs 20 has a verse in it that I think if people truly took the heart would eliminate the majority of the drama that so many people get wrapped up in every day.
Pro 20:3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.
Sometimes it is an honor to simply walk away from the conflict and let the situation die. Sometimes our pride doesn’t let us do that though. We don’t want to simply disengage because we actually want to win. We want to win the debate or the fight or the argument. We don’t want to let it die because that doesn’t necessarily feel like the victory that we feel we want.
However, if you keep doing that and keep meddling in an issue that ultimately doesn’t matter, the Bible calls you a fool. If you keep stirring the pot for the sake of stirring the pot, what good could possibly come from that? It doesn’t allow anyone to come to any type of understanding or reconciliation. It simply keeps the matter in the forefront for even more time than it originally deserved.
I think the application is rather straightforward. I think that we can learn from Jesus in this regard. He was not afraid to say what needed to be said, but He did not sit around and banter. He didn’t continue to irritate everyone just for the sake of irritation; He made the point and moved on. He didn’t compromise, but He didn’t meddle.
Maybe we can take this one to heart. We deal with people every day, and sometimes we need to recognize the need to just walk away rather than make situations worse.