Topic: Stop the Leak
Proverbs 17:14, MSG – The start of a quarrel is like a leak in a dam, so stop it before it bursts.
Joel Osteen Today Devotional 17th February 2021 Message
One of the biggest challenges we all face is getting along with other people. We have different personalities, different temperaments, and come from different backgrounds. When somebody doesn’t agree with us, or they’re doing what we don’t like, it’s easy to quarrel with them, try to straighten them out, and prove our point.
Before long we’re at odds, mad at each other, and offended. You can feel the tension and stress. What’s happened? We’ve allowed strife in. When we let our guard down and say things that are disrespectful, hurtful, and demeaning, we damage our relationship and open the door to strife. That’s why the Scripture says, Give no place to the enemy.
Strife can’t just come in whenever it wants; you have to open the door. To never have an argument or say a wrong word is not reality, but when we allow strife to become common we’re constantly arguing, saying hurtful things, being disrespectful, we’re headed down the wrong path. Stop strife before it bursts and tears relationships apart.
Prayer for Today
Father, thank You for the promise of blessedness when I take the high road and am a peacemaker in relationships. Give me wisdom to know when to keep my mouth closed and overlook something that bothers me. I recognize the destructive power of strife and give no place for it. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Joel Scott Osteen is an American pastor, televangelist, and author, based in Houston, Texas. Osteen has been called the “most popular preacher on the planet” and is often listed as one of the most influential religious leaders in the world.
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