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Daily Verse: “For lack of wood, the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases.” Prov. 26:20
As a nature girl, I love campfires. When we spent two weeks in the Shenandoah Valley this summer, I woke early every morning and started a fire. Sitting beside the blaze, reading my Bible, and writing devotionals highlighted the trip for me. I burned a bundle of wood each morning, and when the last log became ashes, the fire died. In the same way, quarreling dies down when we stop talking about gossip.
Don’t engage in the conversation the next time you stand beside the office water cooler and someone begins gossiping about a co-worker. When moms start talking about another mother, change the conversation. And when the next prayer meeting becomes a dish session, start praying.
Ending gossip prevents quarreling and unnecessary pain. No one wants people talking about them. If we want to treat others as ourselves, we won’t chat about them behind their backs. If you can’t say the words to someone, don’t say it about them.
Stop gossip and prevent quarreling.
Lord, forgive us for adding fuel to the fire. Next time the temptation to gossip faces us, help us walk away. Protect us from our human nature to engage in malicious speech. Help us become known for our integrity, not our gossip. IJNIP. Amen