Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; And where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. Prov 26:20
Linda and I got to see Fireproof, the movie from the same church that did Facing The Giants.
I thought it was an excellent movie.
The Fireproof website describes the movie in this way.
At work, inside burning buildings, Capt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter’s adage: Never leave your partner behind. At home, in the cooling embers of his marriage to Catherine, he lives by his own rules.
Regular arguments over jobs, finances, housework, and outside interests have readied them both to move on to something with more sparks.
As the couple prepares to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb’s father challenges his son to commit to a 40-day experiment: “The Love Dare.” Wondering if it’s even worth the effort, Caleb agrees-for his father’s sake more than for his marriage. When Caleb discovers the book’s daily challenges are tied into his parents’ newfound faith, his already limited interest is further dampened.
While trying to stay true to his promise, Caleb becomes frustrated time and again. He finally asks his father, “How am I supposed to show love to somebody who constantly rejects me?”
When his father explains that this is the love Christ shows to us, Caleb makes a life-changing commitment to love God. And with God’s help he begins to understand what it means to truly love his wife.
But is it too late to fireproof his marriage? His job is to rescue others. Now Caleb Holt is ready to face his toughest job ever…rescuing his wife’s heart.
What I noticed most was that Caleb got to the point where he provided no fuel for the fire and the strife ended.
The same will hold true for you.
I remember what a pastor friend once said, “Without death there can be no reconciliation.”
That not only holds true for God but for you too!
For a husband and wife, co-workers, or siblings to have reconciliation and forgiveness, one of them must die to the other.
Remove the word and let the fire go out.