Proverbs 26:20 — “Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.”
Become aware of what sort of fuel incites your anger. Learn to be discerning. Refrain from indignation and umbrage at unsubstantiated rumors and gossip. Not only is this sort of behavior destructive, it often diverts you from your own work of reflection and recovery.
Gossip is called a “choice morsel” in Proverbs 18:8 and 26:22. Don’t let it tempt you and veer you away from doing your own work.
Tomorrow: Proverbs 26:21 (last in the series)
SOURCE: Chapter 7: “Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?” in Every Woman’s Guide to Managing Your Anger by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD., founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources Inc.