"For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, contention ceases." Proverbs 26:20, AMP
Ever sat around a big, blazing bonfire? There's nothing like sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and telling stories. When the fire starts to die down, you just throw another log on top and the fire gets rejuvenated. At the end of the night, when it's time for bed—if you quit putting logs on the fire, it goes out.
Gossip and strife are like the bonfire, while words and whispers are like the wood. A big, blazing bonfire of gossip can set a whole person, family, office, church, school or company on fire…and words can keep that fire going for a long time.
Have you ever noticed that we can get a whole group fired up with words? One person says this, another person whispers that and more and more logs are added to the fire…and ultimately, there's a raging fire and people get burnt.
Have you ever noticed that we can even stir ourselves up into an angry fire by talking? When we are frustrated or hurt, we can start talking and work ourselves up into a frenzy…simply because we keep throwing logs onto the fire.
If we want strife, gossip, anger or contentious fires to go out—we have to quit putting logs on them. As believers, we have a responsibility to guard our words. If we just flap-at-the-jaw, complain, whine, gossip, criticize or share our negative opinions, thoughts, hurts or offenses with others, we just add wood to the fire.
The next time you're tempted to stir up the fire within your own heart or among your family, friends, peers or coworkers…just remember: "…where there is no wood, the fire goes out."
Say It: "Father, I am sorry for throwing logs onto gossip and strife bonfires by speaking words I shouldn't have spoken. I have worked myself into a fired-up frenzy and I have started fires among others with my words. Help me to remember and obey the simple truth: 'where there is no wood the fire goes out.' In Jesus' Name. Amen."
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