25 Like cold water to a weary soul
is good news from a distant land.
26 Like a muddied spring or a polluted well
are the righteous who give way to the wicked.
Don’t Back Down
Recent writing has said how gentle persistence could wear down a hard leader. A gentle answer does turn away wrath. However, there are also times when a person has to make a stand. When something is done that is wrong, it can not be called right. When someone is leading a group into danger, it can not be called a safe path. When someone pretends that they agree with wrong or evil, they have made a serious error. What happens is that the good of the godly person becomes mixed with error and misconception. The result of the compromise is not good – when evil is mixed with anything the overall concoction is toxic. The problem becomes how to deal with a world where toxic sin has been mixed in with everything. We need the grace to deal with others who are sinful like us, but we need the strength to resist making the toxicity more potent.
- What is like cold water?
- What is the danger of polluted well water?
- What is the danger of giving in to a person who is wrong?
- How confident are you in your own opinions?
- How could you know when to give in and when to stand firm?