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Read Proverbs 26

A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood.

Proverbs 26:21

Touch a lit match to a piece of paper soaked in gas and you’ll have a fire on your hands before you know it. Likewise, if you make friends with a quarrelsome person, don’t be surprised when quarrels start to break out! But there is more to this proverb than this simple correlation.

The application of proverbs always starts best “at home.” This proverb provokes a good question: “Am I a quarrelsome person?” Or perhaps, “When am I a quarrelsome person?” Almost every heated discussion or confrontation has one or more important forks in the road. If any of the participants is in a quarrelsome mood, the fork taken will likely lead to a fight.

Think of the last fight you had with a spouse or a friend. Can you remember the fork? Did the argument become a fight because you took the quarrelsome fork in the road? Would it have been better to call a time-out?


People with chips on their shoulder are magnets for conflict.

Today, Lord, help me admit my weaknesses. Help me not to avoid truthful discussions but to avoid ruining them with a quarrelsome attitude.

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