It is to one’s honor to avoid strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel. Proverbs 20:3 New International Version
Have you ever met those who love to start a fight. They think it is funny to watch you get angry.
Whenever I encounter such perverts I just inform them I do waste my time talking with fools and you are a fool and then walk away. It gets the point across and they watch themselves around me and most times go looking for easier victims.
Whenever they try to befriend me I politely inform them I am not interested as they are nothing but trouble.
If I have to work with them and they refuse to work together I just do the work myself and discreetly inform the supervisor of the problem and inform them I refuse to work with the troublemakers again. They usually do not last long at any jobs for this reason.
As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife. Proverbs 26:21 New International Version
They are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions. 1 Timothy 6:4 New International Version
As for the Gossiping Gerties whenever they come around and try to gossip about someone I just ask them what they say about me when I am not around and then get out a mp3 or something to record the conversation. When they ask me what I am doing I inform them I am recording the conversation to share with the person being talked about so as there is no misunderstanding of what they said (that way they cannot deny they said it). They quickly shut up and leave me alone. It may mean that I do not talk with many but that is okay as it avoids a lot of un-necessary fights.
And you know what?
As they age they become more and more isolated. That is usually when they become homebodies and addicted to TV and shopping and gambling.
I have seen it with a lot of seniors.
Prayer: Please Jehovah Yeshua (God our rescuer) rescue me from those whose tongues are like vipers (full of poison) and guide my words and actions to convict them of their sin so as to lead to repentance. I humbly pray this in the name of He who did not tolerate such vipers Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day