Peace and goodwill

Peace and goodwill

In the book of Proverbs 17:14 we read: The beginning of strife is like letting out water; so stop before the quarrel breaks out.

Quarrelling is often the consequence of egocentric, sinful living; of speaking without listening; of personal pride and power; of forcing one’s will on others without respecting them. In the world of politics, it’s often the ethos of dictatorships, and following the way of evil, not of God.

Peace and goodwill are given opportunity to flourish, according to Jesus, when a kingdom and a house are not divided against themselves (Mark 3:24-25). How can you and I, in our personal and public lives, avoid the divisions of kingdom and house?

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