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Proverbs 26

What would you give for some friendly advice? Not just any advice, but really good advice that could improve each one of the relationships you have. Would you pay me $5, $10, $100 or even more. Maybe you are looking for a link to the newest self-help book at Barnes & Noble. Maybe this advice goes in a different direction. And because I know you will love me for this, I want to offer it to you for free. That’s right, and all you have to do is read the next few verses and accept the relationship challenge.

18 “Just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon 19 is someone who lies to a friend and then says, “I was only joking.” 20 Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops. 21 A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood. 22 Rumors are dainty morsels that sink deep into one’s heart.”

We generally accept the idea that if there is a problem in our relationships, it must be the other person’s fault. If we are hurting, it’s because someone did something to us. I want to offer you a challenge. A radically different relationship challenge that will require more from you than anyone else.

-Be honest in your relationships, every time. Don’t toy with someone else’s emotions. (18, 19)

-Be a story stopper. In other words; don’t spread a story about any one else, ever. Chances are, it isn’t your story to share. Besides, anyone who gossips to you will gossip about you. (20)

-Be easy to get along with. Don’t go looking for a fight. That attitude can annoy the rest of us really fast. (21)

-Use your words to heal and offer grace. The same words that have hurt you in the past, can sink deep and hurt others. Why spread that pain? (22)

So there you have it. A relationship challenge. I dare you to give it a try.

One Response to “Proverbs 26”

  1. Great blog article. Where should we send our “…$5, $10, $100 or even more,” as a demonstration of gratitude? Seriously, as the TV ad says, this advice is “priceless.”

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