I consider myself pretty even tempered and easy to get along with. I rarely get angry to the point of raising my voice or interrupting others when they are saying things I don’t agree with or like. I try to listen and consider what others have to say before I respond. When no agreement can be reached to a mutual satisfaction I can agree to disagree and not be mad or hold a grudge.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this:
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
Jas 1:19-20

However, this has been tested recently and I have had to talk to Jesus about an issue that concerns many people and is causing conflict among friends and neighbors. Tempers have flared and angry words exchanged. I have my opinion that tends to align itself with one side of the conflict but I understand the concerns of the other side. Conversations have become contentious…and loud. I have done fairly well keeping my comments fair and quiet, but I have been complaining! Jesus is clear about this,

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you.
Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, 
Phil 2:14-15a

Interesting that I can pat myself on the back for being so reasonable and able to see bothheart-1463421_640 sides of the issue and yet complain about the advocates on both sides. Seems I have some work to do on my attitude.

In a few days, this will be decided. Some will be happy and some not happy. All will be well in the eyes of those who have their thoughts confirmed and those who do not will be upset and angry. I wonder what the cost of this controversy will be. Loss of friendliness and goodwill, cordiality and peace?

Live in harmony with each other.
Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
Ro 12:16a,18

To live in harmony understanding of our differences is needed and to live in peace acceptance of our differences is needed. Jesus tells us how we are to do this and I am praying that we will listen and take to heart what He has to say.

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other.
Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.
Jo 13:34

Blessings this day of grace,
patricia

All scripture from the
New Living Translation

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2 thoughts on “Live in Harmony and Peace

  1. Amen from my corner. I too have done my best to keep quiet, to watch and listen, and to be an advocate for unity and peace. There are ways to address differences and shouting matches and mockery are not among them. I am sad to see so many of my friends engaged in the dispute, and I believe that truth will out itself in short order. I pray continually that God will save our nation from itself, and restore an attitude of working together to bring about any changes that we need and want to see.

    1. I think it is harder to talk with people than it used to be. There is so much defensiveness. If people don’t agree on something it seems to mean they can’t be friends and become enemies. Everyone seems to be looking at their phones or tablets even while talking face to face with someone. We are losing our conversational skills. Soon we will be speaking in text shorthand and there will be even more misunderstandings and confrontations. Like you I am praying for peace and harmony among people of our neighborhoods, nation, and the world.

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