SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 08/22/15- “Shipwrecked Friendship!”
Premise Question: What are some of the telltale signs that show up when one is being influenced and affected by the villainous activities and ruinous behavior of a troublemaker; versus, what are some of the indicators that one is experiencing the wonderfully beneficial results, as a direct result, of the righteous handiwork of a peacemaker?
“A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.”
(Proverbs 16:28 NLT)
An obstinate, cantankerous troublemaker, is a vile person who is always looking for opportunities to sow gossip seeds of discontent and evil lies about others, with the intent of causing a great conflagration of irrationality that will enrage emotions to the point of being out of control and wreaking havoc even amongst the dearest and closest of life long friends, ultimately causing such a rift that it is beyond repairing the shipwrecked friendship. (Proverbs 16:28 PDCP)
Bottom Line: The telltale signs that one is dealing with a troublemaker are: They stir up dissension, contention, discord and descent among friends, family, spouses, associates and neighbors, through the use of divisive and hurtful words, pointing out discontentment and exacerbating situations and circumstances, through the twisting, turning and manipulation of emotions, events, struggles, weaknesses, personal mistakes and failings, proclivities, perceptions, opinions and personality traits of those we know into a veritable perfect storm, which heretofore, had been calm seas and smooth sailing. Troublemakers are agitators, inciters and expert provocateurs, who are proficient at making incendiary remarks that stoke fires that need to be extinguished and put out, causing tumult and strife to flourish, a fire that rages on and on, turning into a conflagration, a fire that is out of control and eventually burns down, tears apart and utterly destroys everything and everyone it touches or comes close to; even to the separating of the closest of friends and families and neighbors, through the nefarious planting of insidious seeds of evil speak, gossip. We should never allow a troublemaker to have influence in or access to our lives or the lives of others.
On the other hand, though. Peacemakers are quickly identified by the wonderful and blessed direct results of their righteous handiwork that’s being experienced in our lives. They will have a calming effect and bring comfort, joy, peace, assurance, hope and strength to difficult and stormy situations or circumstances. Some of their blessed results will be healing, reconciliation, restoration, resolve and peaceful resolutions and solutions. They will not tear down, or tear apart, but will build up and renew, as they will stir up others in love and unto good works. Let’s all choose to be peacemakers and refuse to be or participate in the actions and behaviors of troublemakers, who have as their ultimate goal and ambition in life, to Shipwreck Friendships! Blessings…
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