Text: Proverbs 22.10
Proverbs seems to suggest situations aren’t the cause of conflict, people are. Unpaid bills, family dynamics, and a messy house can certainly increase the opportunity for tension, but they’re not to blame for the strife that exists between people.
The writer of Proverbs 22.10 says, “Drive out the mocker and out goes strife.” Another term for mocker could simply be “jerk.” While it’s easy to identify someone else as being a jerk, the truth is we all have moments when we’re the source of the problem.
This week with your small group, discuss those situations when the “jerk” comes out in you. Rehearse with one another what it looks like to live and act as Jesus would in these difficult situations.
Remember, if you’ve placed your faith and trust in Jesus, the Bible says you’re a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5.17). We don’t have to be a “jerk” because that’s not who we are anymore.