Tuesday’s Time

Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth (Proverbs 26:20).
Heat, fuel and oxygen: the three elements necessary for fire; often referenced as the triangle. It is necessary to remove one or more of these elements in order to extinguish a fire.

The ASV quotes this verse as: For lack of wood the fire goeth out; And where there is no whisperer, contention ceaseth (Proverbs 26:20). This proverb is a lesson greatly needed in the twenty-first century. The seven days a week, twenty-four hour a day, news cycle in which we live is a good example of this issue. The continuous and instant accessibility to any and all information fans the flames of many situations, both public and personal.

The word translated “talebearer” is defined as: slanderer:–talebearer; whisperer. Solomon used this same word and said the words of the “whisperer, separateth chief friends” (Proverbs 16:28); “they are as wounds and go to the inner most parts” (Proverbs 18:8; 26:22). These words are words which destroy, the ones who speak them and the ones about whom they are spoken. Never let these words enter our hearts or leave our lips.

The word translated “strife” has its origin in a word defined as: quarrel:–brawling; contentious; discord. These are words which would never be associated with Jesus, nor should the be synonymous with the followers of Jesus. Let our words be the word of God; let our words be the words of peace; let our words be the words which draw others to Christ; let our words be the words which direct others to Heaven; let our words be the words which show others the love of God.

Let us not be guilty of fanning the flames of strife, but rather let us speak the words of God which bring peace and joy.