Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Peace, Joy Part 2

A key to recognizing strife when it occurs is to know that hurt feeling feeling. Understanding the definition of strife is key. Strife is is division, quarrel, hurt feelings, confusion, contention and hatred. If you find yourself in a situation involving any of these feelings, proceed carefully! You (and I) are being offered an opportunity to see Jesus.

Verses to reflect on today:

Lord, open my eyes to hear your word and my heart to understand. Help me to recognize strife when it occurs and to strive instead to see you in every situation.

Gossip and being contentious can cause strife.
  • Like the man who seizes a passing dog by the ears is he who meddles in a quarrel not his own.
  • Like a crazed archer scattering firebrands and deadly arrows, is the man who deceives his neighbor, and then says, "I was only joking."
  • For lack of wood, the fire dies out; and when there is no talebearer, strife subsides.
  • What a bellows is to live coals, what wood is to fire, such is a contentious man in enkindling strife. Prov 26:17-21

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