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“Keep Peace With One Another.”  Mark 9:50

Please…Thanks for noticing the following excerpts of recent readings of mine:

The world abounds with people and societies motivated by a spirit of independence that fosters pride, egotism, and rivalry. Anyone who allows himself to be swept along by this spirit is, in effect, accepting […] argument that it is the course of wisdom to pursue one’s own interests regardless of how doing so may affect others. Such a selfish course leads to strife. And it is good for us to remember that “a man prone to anger stirs up strife; anyone disposed to rage commits many transgressions.”—Prov. 29:22.

In contrast, Jesus taught people to seek peace, even if such a course would seem detrimental to their own interests. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave excellent advice about handling disagreements or potential conflicts. For instance, he urged his disciples to be mild-tempered, to be peacemakers, to eliminate causes for anger, to settle matters quickly, and to love their enemies.—Matt. 5:5, 9, 22, 25, 44.

[…] The way you react to situations that have the potential for causing offense lies in your own hands. A loving person covers over minor transgressions. (Read Proverbs 10:12 “Hatred is what stirs up contentions, But love covers over all transgressions.” 1 Peter 4:8 “Above all things, have intense love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.”) Jehovah (Yahweh) considers it “beauty” on your part “to overlook an offense.” (Prov. 19:11; Eccl. 7:9) So the first thing to ask yourself when somebody treats you in a way that could seem unkind or disrespectful is: ‘Can I overlook this? Do I really need to make an issue of it?’ (Excerpted: Settle Differences in a Spirit of Love  W May 2016)

Generosity plays a part in keeping peace (with all fragile life)…

 A Scriptural account in which […] peacefully resolved a potentially divisive issue is the one mentioned […]involving Abraham and his nephew Lot. Both men possessed livestock, and their shepherds apparently quarreled about grazing land. Eager to eliminate tensions, Abraham offered Lot first choice of the areas where their respective households would settle. (Gen. 13:1, 2, 5-9) What a good example! Abraham sought peace, not his own interests. Did he lose out because of his generosity? Not at all. Immediately after this incident with Lot, Jehovah (Yahweh) promised Abraham great blessings. (Gen. 13:14-17) (Excerpted: Settle Differences in a Spirit of Love W May 2016)

 a daily intention..the pursuit of PEACE with All-Fellow-Fragile-Life:)

2/7/16 @6:06 p.m.

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