Proverbs 26:20-21

Without wood a fire goes out;
    without gossips, conflict calms down.
21 Like adding charcoal to embers or wood to fire,
    quarrelsome people kindle strife.

I’m imagining a campfire where the flame is slowly going out and someone decides to put one more log on the fire. This summer, we spent some time with my sister in Michigan. Her husband made a big bonfire and as the flames got smaller, he brought more wood to keep it going. We teased him that he was going to have to stay up late to watch it go out because we were going to bed. As we think about how this relates to gossip, put yourself in the shoes of the victim of gossip. I can see how you would feel relieved as the topic was slowing down and losing steam, only to have someone throw one more log on the fire and continue the hurtful gossip.

How can we stop doing that in our lives?  Do we even think about it? How often do we stoke the campfire on gossip for selfish reasons without considering the feelings of those involved?

Lord, remind me this week to keep my words pure and my intentions honorable. Amen.


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  1. Just today this happened to me! Someone made fun of me and I felt bad (I know, am I 12?). Anyway, I then realized that I do it as well. I make fun of people for not believing in scientific discoveries or dinosaurs and claim they’re not good enough to be friends with me. It’s so horrible. I have trouble understanding especially those who are blessed enough to be attending college or have attended college and yet they still don’t believe in science or global warming or whatever. How do I stop judging? I wish I knew the answer. By the way, all these verses from Proverbs have inspired me to read Proverbs tonight.

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