Stop Chucking The Wood
1/9/2012

Stop Chucking The Wood

An ungodly man digs up evil, And it is on his lips like a burning fire.  A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends. Proverbs 16:27 (NKJV)

There is this funny commercial on TV by an insurance company with two woodchucks who are out by the woodpile chucking a farmers wood out into the pond.  The farmer drives up and yells, "Hey you woodchucks, stop chucking my wood!"    I was reminded of this commercial today as I was speaking with some friends about how to work through the times when people say things they shouldn't.  

I thought about this commercial because I kind of think the tagline with the woodchucks is a good one for us to think about when it comes to commenting on something when we ought to hold our tongues.  Proverbs 26:20-22 tells us, "Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases.  As charcoal is to burning coals, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindle strife.  The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body parts."

So we are told where there is no wood, the fire goes out.  This seems pretty simple but in reality it is very hard for many of us to implement.  The wood represents the issue at hand, and when we partake in sharing unedifying things about others we are simply woodchucks chucking wood into the fire of gossip.  

Q:    What should we do when we see others chucking wood into the fire of a negative conversation?

If we observe someone talking about another person in an unedifying way then we need to do our best to take the wood out of the fire.  We can do this by choosing not to participate in the conversation or by even attempting to change the subject or encouraging those there to choose to talk about something else.

So many people are hurt deeply and even emotionally scarred by the careless words thrown about through gossip and false accusation, and I don't think they are really aware of the emotional damage being done, or their hearts are too bitter and calloused to care.  But God is mindful of the pain and suffering and it hurts Him to see these things being said.

But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. Matthew 12:36 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let's take captive any thought to needlessly talk about others.  Let's guard our mouths against the temptation to throw in our two cents.  Let's make a decision each morning to allow God to use our tongues as a vessel of honor.  Let's choose to speak of grace, mercy, forgiveness and love.  Let's speak forth the things to edify the lives of those around us.  Let's encourage those woodchucks to stop chucking the wood.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained in this devotional, what can we learn about talking about others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to take a stand against idle gossip?  Are you willing to defend and even find something positive to say about others who are being attacked?

APPLICATION: Make the decision each day to be a vessel of honor in how you speak.  

Let's pray...

Father, thank You for teaching me and transforming me to be like Jesus.  I choose to be used as a vessel of honor today Lord so please use me accordingly.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

 Be blessed, Pastor Scott


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