Proverbs 26 talks all about the differences between the righteous and a fool. I don't know about all of you beautiful ladies, but I can't say that I want to be known as a fool!
As I was reading through the verses of this chapter full of wisdom, there was a group of verses that stopped me in my tracks...
20 Without wood a fire goes out;
without a gossip a quarrel dies down.
21 As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire,
so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife.
22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels;
they go down to the inmost parts.
In the midst of ALL of Solomon's wisdom, he says to the reader without wood, a fire will die. And without someone adding wood to the fire of a quarrel, the enemy won't have room to cause division among the men and women of God! When we gossip or speak harshly about another person or situation, it goes deep down not only to the heart, but as a jab to someone's character.
Let's be women who don't add wood to the fire, but rather protect the reputations and hearts of the women who surround us!