The Fire Of Gossip

Gossip destroys friendships and relationships. When we hear gossip, we have a choice to make. We can repeat it or we can stop it. Proverbs 26 says this:

Without wood a fire goes out;
    without a gossip a quarrel dies down.

21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire,
    so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife. – Proverbs 26:20-21 (NIV)

If we choose to repeat gossip, then we are adding wood to a fire. It is like adding charcoal to a barbecue grill. The gossip we spread has the potential to keep adding drama to a situation that may be destroying a relationship. Let’s face it, when we hear gossip we get a little bit excited. You know something juicy and now you can’t wait to tell someone else. Ask yourself, “Will this help defuse a situation or will it make things worse?” Don’t spread gossip. Let it die with you and you can help extinguish a raging fire.

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