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Proverbs 25-26, 2 Corinthians 9 • Key Verses: Proverbs 26:20-21
A few years ago my wife and I decided to make the change from charcoal to liquid propane gas.
We enjoy grilling and opted for convenience over taste. The flavor, in our humble palettes’
opinion, is better with charcoal, but we do cook out much more with the gas grill. I have at times
brushed the snow off the top to fire it up in the middle of the winter. A twist of the knob on the
tank, one match and we are on our way.
There is a problem, though. With charcoal I could see how much was left in the bag, but with a
propane tank, it is pretty much a guess. One time the meal was not completely cooked when we
ran out of gas. No fuel, no fire. That’s the way it is.
It is the same with arguments. If there is no fuel, there will be no fire and the argument will end.
One of the things that can feed that fire is gossip, and when it dies down, the quarrel does also.
Some people are quarrelsome. They stir up things and keep them stirred up. That is why they are
described as being like charcoal, or wood. They kindle strife.
With picturesque words, Solomon challenges us not to be the fuel for the fire. Neither our
actions, as in gossip, nor our character, as in being contentious, should start disagreements and
keep them burning.
Ask yourself before you say something about another person, “Am I saying this to stir up
trouble?” Answer honestly. Better to be quiet than to stoke the furnace of disagreements.
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett

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