Fresh Hope – 19th August 2020

Does your life seem to carry a running theme of relational drama? Do you always seem to be caught in the middle of issues with people? 

Here are some reasons relational drama could be creeping into your life (and some wisdom from Proverbs):

 1. Boredom. 

Some people love relational drama because quite simply, THEY’RE BORED! Relational drama gives you something to talk about and takes the focus off you and puts it on others. Stirring the pot can be amusing for some. 

Proverbs 20:30 says, ‘It is an honour for a man to keep away from strife, but every fool will be quarreling’. 

Proverbs 6:19, ‘The Lord detests a person who stirs up conflict in a community’. 

Proverbs 11:27, ‘Whoever diligently seeks good seeks favour, but evil comes to him who searches for it’. 

The lesson for us: STAY AWAY from business that is not yours. It is foolishness to get involved. 

2. You struggle to manage your tongue. 

The inability to manage your mouth will destroy your life. 

Proverbs 17:9, ‘Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends’. 

Proverbs 21:23, ‘Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity’. 

Proverbs 26:20, ‘Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down’. 

Proverbs 18:21, ‘The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat it’sfruit’. 3. You are quick to air your thoughts. 

Proverbs 18:1-2, ‘An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels. Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their opinions’. 4. Gentleness is gone. 

Proverbs 15:1, ‘A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger’. 

Proverbs 11:12, ‘Whoever belittles his neighbourlacks sense, but a man of understanding remains silent’. 

Proverbs 11:17, ‘Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel’. 

Drama is draining, and much of it starts with our words!

Emma Burchell

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