the olive tree: contention.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014


"The beginning of strife is like releasing water; 
Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts."
Proverbs 17:14 NKJV

Contention is defined as the following: something (such as a belief, opinion, or idea) that is argued or stated. : anger and disagreement. : a situation in which you have a chance to win something.

So be careful friends. Stop fights before they start. Pick your battles. Sometimes the argument just isn't worth it, even the bible tells us in Proverbs 26:4, "When arguing with fools, don't answer their foolish arguments, or you will become as foolish as they are." So let it be, smile, and move on with your day.


Marlen said...

I am suuuch a believer of this! I don't argue very often and I usually like to diffuse things before they start, but when they do and I feel them going in aimless circles, I think of something very close to that proverb. It's just not going to get you anywhere productive.

Also, ain't a thing wrong with yoga pants during winter haha! Sometimes it's just to chilly to feel like being cute ;)

xo marlen
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Leah said...

yes girl. i've learned this the hard way. but it's true, it never gets anywhere and only bitter feelings are left. it is best to leave it where it is.

17 Perth said...

Boy oh boy if I could have known this when I was younger....but I just didn't. And I am with Leah--lots of hard lessons, but it is so true. So thankful for all He has taught me in this area!! Smile and walk away.

Susannah said...

Such truth! Thanks for the reminder! And thanks for linking up with the faith and fellowship blog hop! Feel free to email me if you'd like to cohost sometime. susannah.kellogg (at)

Davy S said...

Thanks for the reminder. I find that it is easy to make issues out of little things, especially in marriage. After our fellowship is broken, I wonder why I made a big deal out of something so small. It's much better to just move on and enjoy unbroken fellowship unless the issue is actually big.

Charlene Maugeri said...

This is so true! Kill them with kindness! :) But really, foolish fighting leads to nothing good. Thanks for the reminder!

Robyn B said...

thank you so much for this reminder! :) you are so right that we need to pick our battles! i heard a quote said recently, "sometimes it's better to love than to be right" and it hit me hard. :)

there are definitely mountains to die on. but they are rare!

Denise said...

AMEN! I've had many opportunities in the last few years to practice keeping my mouth shut, realizing (only because of the Holy Spirit) that it's unreasonable to even attempt to reason with fools.