Adding Fuel to the Fire

As charcoal for embers and wood for fire, so is a quarrelsome man for kindling strife. Proverbs 3:9-10 HCSB

One of the favorite activities of our family when our children were young was to go camping. We purchased a Coleman Pop-up Camper and over the years we created many fond memories as we roasted marshmallows over the campfire under the starlit sky and listened to the serenade of bugs chirping in the trees. The campfire is central to having a good camping experience. It is necessary to have some kindling wood and some dry wood to get a fire started and then adding more wood to keep the fire going.

This proverb reminds us that just like adding more wood or kindling to the fire to keep it going, a dispute or argument needs strife to keep things heated up and going. There are some people who seem to enjoy creating and fueling conflict. They like to keep things stirred up.

Challenge: Do not add fuel to the fire of conflict. Be a person who puts the fire out instead of stirring it up when it comes to disputes and arguments. Do what you can to reduce conflict and act as an ambassador for peace.

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