Lamentations 1:1-2:22 / Philemon 1-25 / Psalm 101:1-8 / Proverbs 26:20

Standout Verse:

Proverbs 26:20
“Where there is no wood, the fire goes out.  Where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.”

A simple and straightforward principle:

If we choose to practice negative, critical thinking or gossipy conversation regarding the failures of others, we will continually find ourselves feeling anxious, confused, and angry (either at our own life or at other people).  When we feel the need to constantly point out the problems and chat to others about specific people, situations, ways we’ve been wronged, etc…it’s just like putting more and wood on the “fire of controversy” - we will see that those issues of life seem to grow, becoming “thorns and snares” that never seem to go away; always plaguing our thoughts and conversations.

However, when we choose to stop engaging in criticism (toward others or toward our circumstances) and instead, take our struggles, issues, the ways we’ve been wronged, our pain and our troubled thinking to the Lord, lay it before Him and ask Him for His perspective, strategies, and healing, He will meet our needs and His peace will begin to fill us. 

As we stop running to others first, the flames of confusion and strife will cease to be stoked and the fire will go out. As we run to the Lord, trusting and believing He will lead us through, He will give us His thoughts (which just so happen to be higher than ours), His strategies and His supernatural peace for whatever it is we are dealing with.