With Fourth of July just a day a way, the pop, pop, pop of firecrackers will sure to be around. The cascading colors of reds, blues, greens, and whites have a way of lighting up the darkness of the night sky. And because the colors are so nice and beautiful, we don’t really mind the sound of the booms and bangs.
But when it comes to our relationships, the noisy sounds of brewing strife do not come with the nice after effects of arrays of colors. Proverbs 26:20-21 reminds us just how the flames of arguing ignite.
Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down. As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.
Has chord of strife been weaved into the pattern of your most treasured relationships?
Two Ways to Unravel the Chord of Strife
1. PATIENCE: Have you found yourself becoming a little less patient with others? Proverbs 15:18: A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.
2. END SOME CONVERSATIONS: We all have matters that we feel passionate about but some time it serves us best to table some conversations to another time. Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. Proverbs 17:14
Extending more patience and knowing when to zip those lips sound rather simply when you type it. But in the heat of the moment it’s much harder to implement.
Wishing you and yours a very Happy 4th of July! And may the only firework show you see be in the air and not within you!
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