“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.”
I always admire how sharp a thinker Solomon was. He had a gift of making simple statements that cut to the heart of our thoughts, behaviors and motivations. And what Solomon wrote over 2000 years ago still clearly applies today, because both human nature and God’s Will haven’t changed!
This verse is a great one to meditate on. Look at the first phrase: hatred stirs up conflict. It’s absolutely true, isn’t it? If we let resentments or rivalries fester, they’ll eventually come out in bad behavior towards someone else. But try turning the words around, and you get another caution: conflict stirs up hatred. In other words we can actually create bad feelings between us and others by how we choose to act.
In his Proverbs, Solomon often used opposites to make a point, and he does just that here. Now, in the second phrase, we see the better way, that: love covers all wrongs. Again, Solomon is talking about decisions – in this case, to plan ahead of time to assume the best about people, and to be ready to forgive.
Proverbs is full of wisdom, yes, but it also shows a passion for God. Solomon wanted to encourage the Lord’s people to grow into maturity, to truly be a “holy nation,” and he knew that living rightly with one other each day is a vital part of that.
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