Morning all! Prov 18.18 says “Flipping a coin can end arguments; it settles disputes between powerful opponents.”
Being right feels so good, but we often have to prove someone else wrong in the process…. and that’s where things get tricky. The reality of relationships is that it’s pretty much impossible to agree on everything all of the time. There will be moments when our opinions are so fundamentally different from someone else’s that it leads to arguments as we attempt to get them to see things from our point of view. It’s interesting then, that one of the Bible’s solutions to disputes and disagreements is flipping a coin because it essentially means that proving we’re right becomes irrelevant. Anyone who has ever flipped a coin before can attest to two things: (1) The person who ‘wins’ does so by chance and therefore can’t claim to be smarter than the other and (2) it only takes seconds to flip a coin. If we applied these principles to our arguments, our lives would be so much easier because we’d realise that being right isn’t more important than maintaining peaceful relationships and we’d actively avoid letting our arguments drag on. Sharing our opinions is important but so is wisely picking our battles. Let’s be mindful to approach our disagreements in a way that allows for difference whilst still prioritising peace over our innate desire to prove that we’re right. God will give us grace!