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It Came From Within (2 of 3)
Series: James - Ancient Wisdom for a Modern World
Conflict is a fact of life. And it doesn't matter whether it is in your home or on the job - in your family or in your church - in some foreign land or right here in our country. It is just an inevitable reality that anyplace where there are people, there is a high degree of probability that at some point there is going to be disagreement.
I read about a father that heard a loud commotion out in the backyard. As he looked out of the window he saw and heard his daughter and several of her playmates having a really heated argument so he stepped outside with the intention of stopping the arguments. When he told his daughter that they needed to play a little nicer she responded and said, "Its okay daddy, we're just playing church." (Just a reminder that our kids see more than we think they see and hear more than we think they hear.)
As I have talked with couples over these years, I constantly hear the complaint, "We just can't seem to get along. We end up having major blow-ups over the most minor things." Or parents will say, "There just seems to be constant tension with our kids. I just don't understand why we're always so quick to argue."
James is going to talk to us about conflict and give us some real-life solutions to ending conflict. He says this: James 4:1 (CEV)
"Why do you fight and argue with each other? Isn't it because you are full of selfish desires that fight to control your body? "
When my wants conflict with your wants, conflict is going to be inevitable.
And conflict starts early in life. Have you noticed that when a babies needs are not immediately gratified they let you know it in the most obvious ways?
And marriage has built in conditions for conflict. Think right now about the things you expected of your spouse before you got married. Think about how unrealistic and idealistic you were about marriage. And do you remember the rud ...
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