I believe one of the things that keeps many churches from moving forward with the mission of making disciples is people tearing each other apart within the church. When we do this we end up spending our time arguing with one another, putting down one another, and beating each other up instead of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Instead of us reaching out to a world that is hurting, broken, and looking for truth, we end up wasting our time putting out fires.
Proverbs 26:20-22 says, “Fire goes out for lack of fuel, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops. A quarrelsome person starts fights as easily as hot embers light charcoal or fire lights wood. What dainty morsels rumors are-but they sink deep into one’s heart.”
So my question is are you putting more fuel on the fire or are you stopping gossip when it starts? When someone comes to you as the Scripture says with a “dainty morsel” of a rumor it can be tempting to listen to it, but when you do what things are sinking into your heart? When we continue to put more fuel on the gossip fire we let Satan gain a foothold in our hearts and in our churches. Soon there is division, hate, jealousy, slander, and people choosing sides is this what we want?
So today we have to make the decision to either keep pouring fuel on the fire or we put that nasty, destructive fire out. We will either be known in our communities as a church that destroys one another or a church that loves one another…it’s our choice.