PROVERBS 17 - Bringing Peace
I think the first verse sets the theme of this Proverb:
"Better a dry crust with peace and quiet,
than a house full of feasting and strife."
This Proverb outlines ways to bring peace. It states:
9 He who covers over an offense promotes love
(Don't bring up the past)
13 If a man pays back evil for good,
evil will never leave his house.
14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
so drop the matter
before a dispute breaks out.
19 He who loves a quarrel loves sin.
22 A cheerful heart is good medicine.
27 A man of knowledge uses words with restrain,
a man of understanding is even tempered.
But there is naturally so much more in this Proverb. Verse 3 which says,
3 "The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
but the Lord tests the heart."
Everyone is going to go through difficult times, especially if one is a Christian. These times are not to destroy us but to build us up. Just as one exercises to build up muscle; God places us in situations to help us strengthen our love and our commitment to Him. Are we only Christians when everything is going our way? Are we willing to be obedient to God even when we personally lose? God's concern is our character; He uses circumstances to develop our character so that we can be a light to others.