A little girl once asked her father how wars got started.
"Well," said her father, "suppose America persisted in quarreling with England, and..."
"But," interrupted her mother, "America must never quarrel with England."
"I know," said the father, "but I am only using a hypothetical instance."
"But you are misleading the child," protested Mom.
"No, I am not," replied the father indignantly, with an edge of anger in his tone.
"Never mind, Daddy," the little girl interjected, "I think I know how wars get started."
Most major arguments don't begin large, but are rooted in a small annoyance, breach, or trespass. It's like the mighty oak that stood on the skyline of the Rocky Mountains. The tree had survived hail, heavy snows, bitter cold, and ferocious storms for more than a century. It was finally felled not by a great lightning strike or an avalanche, but by an attack of tiny beetles.
A little hurt, neglect, or insult can be the beginning of the end for virtually any relationship. Therefore, take care what you say and be certain the attitude you have is right!
But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness.
2 Timothy 2:16