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Thursday, November 21, 2019
Daily Devotion: Conflict Brings Out the Worst in Us
Bible Reading: Proverbs 17:1-14
Key Verse: Verse 14 – "The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water: therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with.”
Key Words: The beginning of strife is as when one letteth out water
Small leaks don’t stay small. Either they are sealed or they become a flood. So it is with conflict. If not settled in a short amount of time, it will eventually erupt into a flood of strife and confusion. It is then that we see the worst in people.
On February 14, 2000, a very special yet unusual wedding took place. The wedding was between Benny and Brandy. You might wonder what was so special about a wedding held on Valentine’s Day. Well, Benny and Brandy are two dogs. The newspaper ran a story with a picture of Brandy dressed in white and Benny with a dog tux on being brought by their owners in preparation for the unusual wedding ceremony. It turned out to be a fairly big event in Houston actually, as dog lovers from all over came to celebrate the union. That’s interesting, I thought. Here we have Benny and Brandy trying to be human, and then we have married couples who act like dogs, fighting and barking at each other all the time, devouring one another. And we’re supposed to be the human ones.
Like I said, conflict brings out the worst in us.
What to do:
✞ Repair the small leaks before you are drowned in the flood.
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