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Gun-Ho Without GOD

June 25

"Go not forth hastily to strive ..."  Proverbs 25:8


"When it comes knocking ... afford it every opportunity to go away in peace."


If there is one gun-ho bent, born out of our fallen state, it is this hair trigger to throw down at the drop of a hat.  "For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?"  Even Christians are known to brawl on occasion; but they always do so to the forfeiture of their walk with GOD ... always!  "Only by pride cometh contention ..." That 'double-dog dare' swagger, which is able to balance chips on both shoulders, while drawing lines in the sand, is nifty to behold; but of no use whatsoever to Heaven.  "For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work." ... And remember, GOD has never been the author of confusion, or its parent (cf. 1 Corinthians 14:33).  Strife begins as a trickle of testiness, but if entertained, it will quickly turn to a flash flood of contention; sending a torrent of pride which takes everything in its path downstream to the back waters of our selfish ethos: "The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with."

As long as there is the sin of pride, strife will contend to makes its presence known.  "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men."  Live for the LORD, and rest assured, that although strife may come to you; you don't, have to be guilty of going to it.  When it comes knocking, and it will, afford it every opportunity to go away in peace.  "And the servant of the LORD must not strive; but be gentle unto all men ..."  A gentleman in CHRIST, fashions a stake to the heart of strife.  Meekness, may rhyme with weakness; but if genuine, it becomes a millstone to striving temperaments, grinding them down to size.  "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves."  If nurtured, this humility, will then beget a civility, wherein peace will trump strife, and GOD will be glorified. 

"It is an honour for a man to cease from strife ..."

For Love of Country
The Declaration of Independence (July 2, 1776)
"We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the SUPREME JUDGE of the World for the rectitude of our intentions ...
And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of DIVINE Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."

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