War

I don’t want to sound unpatriotic but War is so savage.

Of course the National line is we were fighting for freedom.

So is it conjecture to say that if we never fought a war then we’d all
be captives to something worse?

Is it actually true that through war we’ve improved our world?

Jesus said there will continue to be wars & rumors of wars.

That doesn’t mean Jesus sanctions war.

We all know people who speak & the words of their mouth is smoother than butter,
but war is in their heart:

Their words are softer than oil, but in their heart they have drawn swords.

Psalms 55:21

James 4:1-3 notes that war is caused by unhealthy desires

Where do you think all these appalling wars & quarrels come from?

Do you think they just happen? Think again.

They come about because we want our own way & fight for it deep inside ourselves.

We lust for what we don’t have & are willing to kill to get it.

We want what isn’t ours & will risk violence to get our hands on it.

We wouldn’t think of just asking God for it, would we? And why not?

Because we know we’d be asking for what we have no right to.

We’re spoiled children, each wanting our own way.

James 4 paraphrased

We have pictures of deceased friends.

For some of us we decorate our living areas with these lost loved ones.

We love to sit by the hour, trying to recall the living features which are so
feebly portrayed in the pictures.

But it’s impossible to resuscitate the history of expression on those countenances back to life.

But a picture or a painting can’t reasonably fix the real life on a canvas.

Our own memory, or at least mine, is becoming treacherous.

I can’t clearly recall the memories of those I loved.

I struggle in the twilight to make past expressions and experiences live again.

But I’ve tried to remember the positives of the past of those God has let me love.

We’re warned

If we bite & devour each other, watch out or we will be destroyed by each other.

Gal. 5:15

So we’re to Love others as you love ourselves.

That’s an act of true freedom.

If we bite & ravage each other, watch out— in no time at all we’ll be annihilating each other,

and where will our precious freedom be then?

In 1 Cor. 6:5-8 Paul warns

I say this as bluntly so I can to wake you up to the stupidity of what you’re doing.

Is it possible that there isn’t one levelheaded person among you

who can make fair decisions when disagreements & disputes come up?

I don’t believe it.

Wouldn’t it be far better to just take it, to let yourselves be wronged & forget it?

All you’re doing is providing fuel for more wrong, more injustice, bringing more

hurt to other people of your own spiritual family.…

1 Corinthians 6:5-8 MSG

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