David Hamstra posted this verse on Facebook today, and I thought it would be fitting for our 7th installment.
Proverbs 24:17 (New International Version, ©2011)
Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice…
When working for peace and justice, we encounter resistance from any number of directions. But Jesus said the gates of hell can’t stop the work of the kingdom, so when we overcome obstacles and objections, we must never gloat or boast about how we won and someone else lost. If we “win” over them, it is a hollow victory. True victory is dealing with conflict in a way that “wins them over.” This is true whether the other is a church board member, a local city council member, or an online sparring partner (might even apply to certain international figures currently in the news–Ez. 33:11).