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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thoughtful Thursday: Peace is Better

"Be selective with your battles.  Sometimes peace is better than being right."

When I first read this quote, I started by looking up every time the word “peace” was mentioned in the Bible.  It’s actually in there 429 times.  Then I went to the idea of “holding your peace” or as we say it now “keeping your mouth shut”. 
In Matthew 26:63 and Mark 14:61 it says that Jesus “held his peace”.  Both of these were accounts of when Jesus was before the high priest being accused of things He had not done.  He could have spoken up and defended Himself, after all, He was innocent of all charges.  But He remained His ever-humble self and kept silent.  He knew that in the end everyone would know the truth, so what He said in that moment didn’t matter in the grand scheme of God’s plan.  What a great example Jesus is to us! 
 Proverbs 17:28 says “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”

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