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Stop Feeding the Fire!

Proverbs 26:20-21  Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. 21 As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife.

Do you feel like you’re always getting caught up in the gossip and drama at work or in the church? Want a surefire way to get out of the mix? Here it is… Shut up!

Seriously, I’m not saying that in a rude way at all, but the truth is, the fires of gossip and strife usually burn out pretty quickly once we stop throwing wood on the fire. Every time we add something to the conversation or situation, the flames grow taller.

The problem is, when we’re holding onto fuel for the fire, it’s hard to keep it to ourselves. How many times have I found myself saying things like, “It’s none of my business, but…” or “I don’t want to get involved in any of the drama, but…” and then proceed to throw my two cents in.

If nothing else, your refusal to add to the flames causes others to take the gossip elsewhere and you find yourself away from the drama.

Categories: Proverbs for Life

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