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Eliminating the Conflicts

By Don Loftis | 05.20.15

In 1925 a short-lived war involved the nations of Greece and Bulgaria. While several issues lay behind the conflict, history suggests that war began when a Greek soldier ran across the Bulgarian border to retrieve his pet dog.  The soldier was shot and killed requiring intervention by The League of Nations.  In some circles, it is referred to as “The War of the Stray Dog.”

We witness or experience conflicts which come from similarly small things.  Long-time neighbors quit speaking, because of a new fence put up on the property line.  Spouses divorce over the cleanliness of the house.  Churches split over the times set for worship or the color of the new carpet.

Such conflicts arise from selfishness and are fuelled by impatience and an unwillingness to forgive the other person.  Three familiar quotes speak to the heart of these conflicts and challenge us to be true peacemakers.

*John F. Kennedy noted in his 1961 inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country.”

*Jesus Christ articulated the golden rule, “In everything, therefore treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets,” (Mt. 7:12).

*The apostle Paul demonstrated in Gal. 2:20 the needed change we each must experience, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…”

The recipe for peace and happiness is humility and servanthood.  It begins with looking to the needs and feelings of others before our own.



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