Scripture: Proverbs 26:20
“Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.”
Solomon keeps things pretty simple for us in these verses right here. He is comparing a wood burning fire to a quarrel or a disagreement between people. Wood fuels a fire. As long as people continue putting logs on a fire, it’s going to burn. Here, Solomon says that gossip fuels a fight. If people who have a disagreement with one another continue talking about it behind each other’s backs (gossiping), then the fight will continue. However, if people discuss their problems directly with each other or drop them all together, the fight or quarrel will run out of fuel and die down.
Are you fuelling any fires right now? Gossip seems to be something that a lot of us struggle with from time to time because there are times we do it and don’t even think about it! This verse is a great reminder for us to think before we speak. Our words can do a lot of damage when we’re not careful. By refusing to gossip we can stop so many fights even before they start. Don’t start any fires with your words!
Ask God to help you control your words. Ask Him to help you think before you speak. At times, we’re all tempted to talk about someone behind their backs. Ask God to give you the strength to only speak words that honor Him.