Several verses in Proverbs speak of how living in the wilderness or on a rooftop is preferable to living with a contentious or brawling woman… reminded me of a post towards the beginning of the {31 days}.

Just as there is something for me to learn from the “strange woman” there is something I can learn from this woman of contention. And it came up again in today’s chapter.

It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house. -Proverbs 25:24

and was there a few days ago:
It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman. -Proverbs 21:19

Contentious people basically look for things to argue about. They are characterized by an argumentative spirit, often creating controversy for the sake of being right. I think I’ve done that before.

Brawling gives the idea of noisy, squabbling, fighting people. I know I’ve squabbled once or twice… Angry… I suppose that doesn’t need an explanation.

And I have a responsibility to teach my own girls [and now a boy, too!] how to allow the Lord to control their spirit and NOT be contentious or brawling or angry! Even as children.
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I suppose my best defense against being a woman of contention is to study the Scriptures and find out how to …let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. – I Peter 3:4

Because, while the context of that verse is a Christian woman’s ability to have a powerful witness to an unsaved husband, the principle can hold true for a Christian woman to have a powerful testimony for the worth of her saved husband to her… as well as a witness of God’s place in her life to an unsaved world.

The hidden man… a meek and quiet spirit is an ornament… of great price to  God! 


 

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