“All adverse and depressing influences can be overcome, not by fighting, but by rising above them.”         – Charles Caleb Colton

Have you ever been sidetracked on your job or in your relationships by people with adverse or depressing behaviors? It’s bound to happen.  When I run into these types of people and situations, I go to the Bible to see what God’s word says to help guide me.

Proverbs 26:4 says, “Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will become like him yourself.”  This is good advice for not stooping to the level of a crazy person. On the other hand, Proverbs 26:5 says, “Answer a fool according to his folly or he will become wise in his own eyes.” This advise you have to be careful with so that you don’t come off arrogant and thinking you are better than someone else. So which action do you take?

The beauty of the Bible is that it is designed to help us deal with an unlimited number of life experiences.  Some people take Bible verses out of context to prove a singular point, however the fact that these two verses are next to each other leads me to believe that God’s intention is for us to gain wisdom in knowing when to balance out situations and not treat every person that rubs us the wrong way in the same manner.  We have to be careful not to allow ourselves to be drug into someone elses’ nuttiness because we are hesitant to speak up and cause waves; but we also have to stand up for ourselves and not let bullies run us over.