29. Don’t plot harm against your neighbor, for those who live nearby trust you.
30. Don’t pick a fight without reason, when no one has done you harm.
Proverbs 3:29–30 NLT
Today’s Passage is another admonition from the author on specific practices that comprise Living with Wisdom. These two Verses give us insight into how to conduct ourselves as Christians and as Good Citizens in our communities and with our neighbors.
Verse 29 speaks to violence or merely conspiracy against one’s neighbor, both of which we see perpetrated in the news daily. The author warns us against doing any undue harm to those dwelling nearby us and being peaceful toward those who trust us.
This can be anything from physical assaults to theft to backbiting and gossip. Any act perpetrated against an individual that we would not consider righteous or any act that we would not appreciate someone doing to us is deemed sinful and are actions that God frowns on.
This takes us back to the Golden Rule we talked about in the commentary on Yesterday’s Passage. If you wouldn’t want somebody doing it to you, don’t do it to them. It’s as simple as that.
Verse 30 is just as fundamental to Christian Living and Neighborly Relations. It says, “Don’t pick a fight without reason when no one has done you harm.” Now, that seems self-explanatory, but as I mentioned earlier, we see this in the news all the time.
One neighbor quarrels with another. A fight ensues, and somebody gets shot. This is a daily occurrence all across the country, and we could quash every bit of it if we would all simply Embrace Wisdom like the author is suggesting.
Think about how many tragic situations we could avoid if this nation and others would only conduct themselves with Wisdom, be Peaceful with their neighbors, and not pick fights for ignorant and unrighteous reasons.
Think about how much pain and discomfort we could quell if we were to give to those in need when they were suffering, bless those who have less than we do when we notice their lack, and act when we see tragedy or poverty.
The world would not only be a better place if we Embraced Wisdom, but all of the violence and degradation that plague the land would vanish overnight if we would only apply the Lessons of Perception and Insight that are contained within this Book.
But people can’t be bothered with Christian Values because they infringe upon their freedoms. Let me ask you, what encroaches upon your freedom more, Following God’s Law or watching your back every second of the day because you never know when you’ll have to defend yourself against someone’s self-centered and untoward actions?
I think the answer is clear, but still, the general public can’t seem to see the Wisdom contained within these Lessons. Therefore, it is up to us to apply these Insights to our lives and in our neighborhoods so that we can become Beacons of God’s Light to a dark and dying world.
That is the responsibility of every Christian so that interaction by interaction, relationship by relationship, and street by street, we may be able to become the change in the world that we want to see. This is not just a happy little meme; it is Wisdom in action! Think about that the next time you are confronted by an angry neighbor or some raging driver and don’t just react, Be Wise.
Have a Fantastic Friday and Be The Change You Want To See!