Wednesday, August 16, 2017

What it Takes to Bring Peace to People

                                                                    Facebook Bombs!

I have been examining my Facebook posts and comments to see if I have been following the scripture passages below.  For the most part I have been OK, but not always. I am posting it for myself and anyone else that wants to be a peacemaker not a troublemaker.  Many of the posts are fostering anger and division, I fear. 

The single greatest reason folks divorce in America is an inability to resolve differences large and small.  Differences can be resolved when we have the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Contentment: At peace with myself, the world and God. Complaints mean we are unhappy and want something in life to change.  The only way to bring positive changes is to complain so complaints are good.

Being out of step with my spouse, however, brings distress that causes us to lose our contentment. There are two ways to handle a Complaint. Handling them with love builds trust and a deep relationship, but that is difficult. It is tempting to attempt to be right and prove the other person wrong.
Ephesians 414Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. 16From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
    17So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19Having lost all sensitivity they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.

22You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. 25Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor. 26"In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27and do not give the devil a foothold.

29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Positive Attitudes----------------------------------------------------------Negative Attitudes

Let's Fight

Over the past few years our social fabric has been frayed and fraying. People are so raw that the slightest comment can start a war. When we see people jump angrily at what may seem to be very innocent statements we know that we are overly sensitive.

A week or so ago a Satire Web page put up a ridiculous piece about two famous preachers signing a contract for over 100 million dollars. The internet was set ablaze by people in Twitter and Facebook who attacked both preachers for their greed and heretical positions

It was satire! It was a joke!

Could Jesus teach with parables today without being accused of terrible thought crimes? One time when the Disciples were fighting over who was the greatest and best on the team, Jesus took a little child as an example of the people who could get into His Kingdom.

A simple picture of humility? You are so naive. It might seem to be child abuse today!

Whose child was it?

Did Jesus get permission to use that kid in His teaching?

Did He pay royalties?

Was is sexual harassment?

If a Democrat makes a reasonable comment about history some tiny, radical, permanently aggrieved group will attack him.

If a Republican makes a joke about Putin some radical leftists will say he is on the staff of the KJB!

Chill out! Great reactivity is a sign of gross immaturity and it seems that we have a nation of crybabies.

Pray for peace. Go over the statements by St. Francis and ask God for a peaceful heart and tongue.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Praying for Peace for Individuals

Last week I posted the Prayer of St. Francis and suggested we pray it for others. Lord, Make me an instrument of peace as I relate to my wife, _________.

St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master,
Grant the I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
And it is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.


Then go through the entire prayer that way for her.

Start over each day and look for her to have more signs of peace.

Do this for a week.

I asked a couple a few weeks ago to practice the prayer with each other and their three children. It had a wonderfully positive impact on the whole family with the exception of one child. Four out of five family members had improved peace.

Try the Lord and see what happens then let me know.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Thank God for Healing

I have written many time on this blog about the need for inner healing in the churches so people can be set free from ,many adult diseases and addictions. The notion that the answer to the heroine problem is simply too many people taking prescription medication is ignoring a lot of research data. For example, see this article.

Addiction is caused by inner pain that is reduced by drugs and other substances, behavior, and ideas. I can get dependent on medication but I will not get addicted.

I understand why the government is focusing on medication. It is an easy target. It is something an official can manage to appear to be successful at controlling. But it will fail.

Prayer, counseling, and understanding the root causes is essential so I beg every Christian to learn how to help people with deep, psychological pain. Get this book and it can assist you.   How to be Me in My Family Tree and Breaking Free will assist you.