Proverbs 26:17 - Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one taking a passing dog by the ears.
Four Reasons I Will Not Be a "Meddler":
- It's Foolish .
Proverbs 18:6 - A fool's lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating.
- It's Hateful .
Proverbs 10:12 - Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
- It's Dishonorable .
Proverbs 20:3 - It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife, but every fool will be quarreling.
Luke 12:13-14 - Someone in the crowd said to him (Jesus), "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” But he (Jesus) said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?"
- The Lord Hates it!
1 Peter 4:15 - But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler.
Why do I want to get involved?
What do I hope to accomplish?
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Small Group Discussion
Read Proverbs 26:17
See also Proverbs 18:6, Prov 10:12, Prov 20:3, Prov 6:16-19, Luke 12:13-14, 1 Peter 4:15
What was your big “take-away” from the passage / message?
What do you think motivates someone to “meddle” in something that is not their business?
This Proverb specifically indicates that meddling can bring harm back on yourself. In what ways can you get “hurt” by meddling?
How do you know when you SHOULD get involved in an argument between two others?
How does meddling reveal a “hate-filled” heart (Proverbs 10:12)? Why does God hate “sowing discord”, ranking it up there with murder and theft? See Proverbs 6:19, 1 Peter 4:15.
Pray for one another to walk wisely by avoiding strife.