Private Quarrels

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Daily Reading: Jeremiah 19:1-21:14, 1 Thess. 5:4-28, Psalm 82:1-8, Proverbs 25:9-10

Daily Verse: “Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another’s secret,” Prov. 25:9-10

Private quarrels.

When you divulge secrets to clear yourself in an argument, people perceive you as untrustworthy, and it will damage your reputation. Overcoming a lousy name takes a lot of time, work, and effort; even then, you may not get rid of the judgment.

People tend to hold onto the wrong things, forgetting the good. We must learn to let go of the offenses and work towards restoration. Admitting our faults, asking forgiveness, and then keeping quarrels private will help you become trustworthy and someone people respect.

When in a conflict with someone, keep it between you and them. Don’t discuss the argument with others; work to restore the relationship privately, keeping the details secret. Not only will becoming trustworthy repair the relationship, but it will deepen the friendship.

Resolution comes with trustworthiness, responsibility for each other’s parts in the conflict, and a conscious effort not to repeat the same mistake.

Lord, forgive us for breaking other people’s trust in us. Please help us build our character as we practice trustworthiness, keeping quarrels private and striving to restore relationships as You would have us do. IJNIP. Amen

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