Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs. Proverbs 10:12
The first part of this verse can be seen in any significant political discussion you encounter. You see the anger building because of a different political view. You know you’re right and are almost shouting to get your point across. It certainly doesn’t endear the other debater to your side, but it does feel good to let all out. But at what expense?
Personally I am getting into fewer and fewer political discussions because of my emotional temperament. I have strong opinions on many matters and don’t appreciate others criticizing what I hold strongly. It does stir up dissension. And it certainly doesn’t endear me to their points of view.
Before getting into heated discussion (or if you meander into one just in general conversation), be careful what you say. You may regret your words later. If it isn’t uplifting, is it really worth saying? What is the end result of your discussion? Will you have changed the other person’s mind? Is that possible? I know it’s not remotely possible, but could it be you are wrong on the issue? Just a thought.